At Old Japan we carry a number of beautiful, distinctive Japanese Masks. We occasionally carry fine, Antique Masks that are 50 to 150 years old, but we also carry contemporary, hand-made papermache masks in an assortment of different characters from Noh theater and Japanese Folk Lore.
Japanese Masks have become popularized through their use in Noh and other theater and dance. They were originally used to cover the face of the performer and represent generalized figures such as Hero, Deity, Ghost, Mythical Animal, etcetera. The use of certain masks like Okame, Hyottoko, and Tengu also became popular in certain festivals around Japan, often adding a comic quality.