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This display case at Gifu Castle shows many kasa.

A kasa(Japanese: 笠) is any of several sorts of traditional hats of Japan. When preceded by a word specifying the type of hat, the word becomes gasa .

One kind of kasa for Buddhist monks is made overly large, in a bowl or mushroom shape and is made from woven rice straw. It does not come to a point like a rice farmer's hat, nor ride high on the head like a samurai's traveling hat. It is just a big hat covering the upper half to two thirds of the face. Thus, it helps mask the identity of the monk and allows him to travel undistracted by sights around him on his journey.

Types

Here is a list of several types of kasa:

  • Amigasa
  • Fukaamigasa
  • Jingasa
  • Sandogasa
  • Sugegasa (conical straw hat)
  • Torioigasa
  • Takuhatsugasa
  • Yagyūgasa
  • roningasa

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