Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yakko - the servants of samurai

During the Edo period in Japan, Yakko were the servants of of high ranking samurai and transported their weapons and personal affairs. They walked at the top of a daimyo's cortege in order to free the street, by crying and dancing. They wore a vest on which the "nail-puller crest" was attached, on the shoulders.

Yakko live on today in kite form:

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