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Japanese Women's Hairstyles Through the Ages


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Kepatsu | Ancient Japanese Hairstyle, c. 600 CE
Chinese-inspired hairstyles in Japan, c. 600

Wall mural depicting Japanese women, c. 600 A.D.

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Japanese noble women in the seventh century CE wore their hair very high and boxy at the front, with a sickle-shaped ponytail at the back. This is sometimes called "hair bound with a red string."

This hair-style, known as kepatsu, was inspired by Chinese fashions of the time. The illustration is from a wall mural in the Takamatsu Zuka Kofun, or Tall Pine Ancient Burial Mound, in Asuka, Japan.

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