figure in the photo wears the costume for a woman walking on the street
in the second half of Edo era; she wears a "o-koso-zukin"
"o-koso-zukin" hood is called "sode-zukin (=sleeve-hood)"
by the alias. It
has the form of the sleeve of kimono; a face comes out of a cuff.
"moh-su" originated in the sleeve-shaped cloth that Saint
Saicho (767-822), the founder of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, was
allowed to wear by Emperor Kammu; the Imperial sanction of it was
carried out only to the high-ranking priests.
Nichiren (1222-82), the founder of the Nichiren sect, also received the
Imperial sanction. In
addition, Saint Nichiren would be pointed out if a common person calls
someone "koh-soh (= high-ranking priest)".
that, the original name was changed and the name of "o-koso-zukin"
was produced. In
the "Sakura-kagami (=mirror of cherry tree)", the book of
haiku published in the years of Kyoho in Edo era, there is the haiku
poem: "Flowers at their best That it is or that it is not "sode-zukin
it is thought that the hood was used from the Kyoho era or before.
color of the hood for priests is white or blue; the figure ion the photo
wears the hood which is made with the material of black silk crape, and
the lining cloth is a red material made of silk.