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Pin Your Hair Up with Mini Japanese Weapons

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Traditional garb paired with traditional hairstyling makes for a striking combination; and for those looking for something that’ll stand out even in the hairpin realm, accessory maker Wargo Nippon has three kanzashi designs based on weaponry of the samurai era.

Obviously, a sword is part of the arsenal. For ¥13,176 (US$120), this brass katana comes with chrysanthemums (the symbol of Japan’s Imperial family) made of silver adorning the scabbard.

If edged weapons aren’t your thing, you can instead opt for a ¥6,048 (US$56.33) jitte kanzashi, styled after the pronged instruments Japan’s law enforcement officers used to catch and snap the blades of lawbreakers’ swords. Made of brass coated in gold or rhodium, the jitte is decorated with rayon tassels and a replica lantern letting the townspeople know that you’re on patrol.

Finally, even if you’re the sort of cultured type who eschews melee combat altogether, for ¥9,612 (US$89.55), this matchlock rifle kanzashi could be yours.

Believe it or not, the butterfly-shaped charm dangling from the butt of the rifle isn’t just an attempt to show that this is a firearm. It’s actually a reference to the historical figure Nohime, wife of samurai warlord Oda Nobunaga, one of the first military commanders in Japan to make effective use of rifles. Nohime was also known as Kicho, written with kanji characters meaning “returning butterfly,” and so the gold-coated silver butterfly seen here is in her honor.

All three kanzashi can be ordered online directly from Wargo Nippon (katana here, jitte here, and rifle here).

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