Chonmage is a characteristic hairstyle of samurai. In the eyes of modern people, such hairstyle is undoubtedly full of personality, then why does Japan have this kind of hair culture? This time let's explore the origin of chonmage.

samurai chonmage

This unique hairstyle is called "mage", which was originated from the bun of nobles around Gregorian calendar 600. Around 1200, from Kamakura and Muromachi Periods, men began to shave their hair on the top of their heads and put it into topknot, which is well-known at present.

samurai chonmage

Japan used to have no diplomatic relations with other countries for many years, at the end of the Shogunate, when Japan no longer closed its doors, it is said that many foreigners were surprised at the Japanese samurai's chonmage.

samurai chonmage

In this way, the samurai shaved the hair on the top of their head to prevent itching from getting hot when wearing a helmet.

samurai chonmage

Shave the hair on the top of the head, tie the remaining hair and fix it with vegetable oil. It is said that people first used the tweezers to remove the hair from the top of the head, but in the Edo Period, people began to shave with a razor.


Although the samurai's chonmage was originally used for the head's breathability, yet gradually it became a proud symbol of the samurai fighting for the monarch and also became popular among ordinary citizens, then various style of chonmage has been produced.


The chonmage culture introduced above can also be seen in the rikishi's hairstyle who are active in the current professional sumo match. So chonmage is the honor and pride of the samurai's fighting for the monarch.

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