Hachimaki • A stylized bandana. • Made of white cloth. Origin • The origin of the hachimaki is uncertain. • Religious practitioners • Samurai warriors Worn on Many Different Occasions • Sport Spectators • Martial Arts Demonstrators • Symbol of Perseverance Worn on many Different Occasions • Women giving birth • Students studying for exams • Hachimaki also help the wearer to gather his/her energy and show determination and resolve. The slight pressure around the forehead is said to improve concentration. Worn on many Different Occasions • • • • Worn at festivals to ward off evil spirits. Office workers Trade men Boosouzoku (Biker Gangs) * Keeps sweat from the eyes and hair off the face. Gods of the Winds • Kamikaze wore hachimaki during WW2. Navy pilots outside Shanghai Slogans • Usually decorated by inspirational slogans. • Represent your personal hopes and dreams. • The most typical is the rising sun motif. 日 本 Sample Hachimakis • This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-ncnd/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.