hikitate-eboshi for samurai
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  • Item #: EB-H
  • Manufacturer: Iron Mountain Armory
  • Manufacturer's Product Number: EB-H

     The eboshi (boshi) refers to a type of hat worn throughout historical Japan and are uniformly black in color.  The name translates to “bird hat” because it resembles the feather of a blackbird.   Over time, the style / shape of the eboshi developed along with the many different hairstyles, to show one’s rank within Japanese society.  As the bushi rose in power and stature, so did the eboshi they used in daily life.  Typically the eboshi was only worn after “gempuku” (The ceremony of passage to adulthood: typically the age of 12).  In general taller “tate-eboshi” where worn by higher ranking samurai, while the smaller eboshi where worn by inferior samurai, officials, standard-bearers and the like.  

     The hikitate-eboshi is similar to the nae-eboshi (a soft hat used by commoners) but were adapted by the warrior class as they rose in power.  Much like the tate-eboshi (worn by nobles), it is a tall hat which stands up straight (20~40cm tall) or up and back.  Showing a humbled status between commoner and noble, this eboshi was more pliable; so it could be worn under the kabuto.  This made it more favored by the warrior samurai class and quickly became known as the “samurai eboshi”.   Over time the hikitate-eboshi incorporated white ties around the brim, which would help hold the eboshi secure while the warrior galloped on horseback or engaged in battle.    


  • Authentic Reproduction: After original designs
  • Full Sized: On size fits all
  • Traditionally Handcrafted : Made by hand ~25cm tall
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Price $40.00

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