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  • The simple yet delicate shape, finely finished in aluminium, is based on the "kanzashi", a hairpin used by women when wearing the kimono. News

  • The hair is swept up and sculpted into a mass on the top of the head that is secured by red silk bands kanoko front and back and decorated with kanzashi, the stick pin ornaments so distinctive of the karyukai look.

    Geisha, A Life

  • Ikan knew there was something special about Shimada when on his second visit he brought her a set of old traditional kanzashi made of tsuge wood in a similar design as her kushi.

    The Miko

  • Thus Shimada found himself drawn to Ikan's side, his gaze lovingly caressing each elegant fold of her glittering kimono, the three translucent tortoiseshell kanzashi angled through the gleaming black pile of her hair, the kushi, the simple traditional comb of tsuge wood at the back of her head.

    The Miko

  • Pink light reflecting off the kanzashi in Miss Yoshida's hair turned the water-soaked stones glistening at the bottom of a pool into gems.

    The Miko

  • The young woman who had first seen her to her room had knocked quietly and politely on the shoji, entering only when she was bade, to kneel behind Akiko, spending almost an hour brushing, combing, and putting up her hair with the implements Akiko had handed her: the tsuge wood kushi that had been Ikan's, the matching set of kanzashi that had been presented to her by Shimada.

    The Miko

  • Lighting a candle, he took a long steel _kanzashi_ needle and heated it to redness.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • The comb (_kanzashi_) in tortoise shell and gold is for the honoured lady wife of Iémon Dono, the _go kenin_.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Her hair dressed high, was a bewildering harmony of the costly tortoise shell combs and pins (_kanzashi_) arrayed in crab-like eccentricity.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House), Retold from the Japanese Originals Tales of the Tokugawa, Volume 2

  • (The _kanzashi_ made for young girls are highly decorative; those worn by older folk are plain, or adorned only with a ball of coral or polished stone.)

    The Romance of the Milky Way And Other Studies & Stories


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  • Kanzashi is a Japanese craft which involves folding pieces of cloth into flower petals, arranging them and making them into ornate hair pieces.

    June 11, 2011