The Costume Museum Kyoto Japan Costume History of in Japan
The Yayoi Era  
4 - Himiko, Queen of Wa [Ancient Priestess]
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1 Treasure Crown
2 Earrings
3 Necklace
4 Kantoe (One-piece Dress)
5 Sash
6 Wide-sleeved Cloth
7 Under Layer [Inner Cloth] Sleeve
8 Cloth belt with Wa-pattern
9 Mo (skirt)
10 Shoes
Gishi-wajinden is one of the stories of Sangokushi written by Chinju in China in the 3rd Century A.D. It is one of the oldest pieces of historical literature on Japan. According to Gishi-wajinden, Wa indicates Japan, and there was Yamataikoku in Wa. Queen Himiko who is at the same time a priestess, ruled Wa and began to make contact with Wei in China. Although there are various opinions on the true identity of Himiko, some say that she might have been Yamatohime-no-mikoto or the Empress Jingu. There is no description in the story that makes reference to the costumes of noble people specifically. However, by examining some historical matters such as cultural and material exchange beteen China and Japan in ancient times, the gold stamp excavated in Shikanoshima Island in HakataBay, and other finds such as gold-plated copper crown, or shoes. Her hair was tied up into bundle and a crown was on it. She wore a kan-style re Osode (wide-sleeved garment), Taishikando-like striped-textile over Kosode (narrow-sleeved garment) of Ashiginu, striped Shizuri belt at her waist, Mo (skirt) with a diamond-pattern, ramie with patterns dyed with red mud, and a sash with a continuous triangular pattern (Uroko-pattern) which reveals her status. A copper crown, neckless with beads and tiny bells, earrings and shoes were also worn. All of these accessories were gold-plated. The costume of the figure in the pictures is probably right from the historical point of view.