You might have perused the aisles of our boutique and spotted some amazing Horned Veils, Black Veils and somewhat unconventional headwear. Little did we know that one of the amazing artists creating these beauties (coming very soon to the boutique) had a story to tell about how very traditionally intimate horns and veils are in Japan. Here is the article written by Holly Winter:
PSA: Brides have HORNS
Winter’s Wedding Words: special Japanese edition
I didn’t attend many weddings when I lived in Japan 20-odd years ago and only found out today that the traditional Japanese bridal head-dress, tsunokakushi (角隠し), literally means HORN CONCEALER!
It was/is believed to hide the bride’s “horns” of jealousy, ego and selfishness, and is a sign of her commitment to be a gentle and obedient wife.
With the gorgeously ornate tsunokakushi worn by brides now, I imagine (read hope) that the origins of the tradition are somewhat lost, and wearing one is now more an aesthetic decision, much like the western wedding veil. But that’s for another blog post.
Either way, take this as another reminder that the world is full of wedding traditions and you only have to follow the ones that work for you. Traditions are just peer pressure from dead people.
Photo from M’s One beauty salon (coincidentally in Gifu, my nearest city when I lived in Japan) via Wedded Wonderland