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HistoryHistory of “Hamayumi” bow and arrow ornament

Since ancient times, it has been regarded as a symbol of protection against evil, and it spread from the court to the warrior class and from the warrior class to the people.
Hamayumi-kazari (Bow and arrow decoration) originated from the belief that bows and arrows had the power to purge evil spirits and keep misfortune away. Initially, they were generally used by the warrior class, who displayed them in their homes, castles, on the battlefields, etc., to protect themselves from misfortune. In the Edo period (1603-1867), the use of Hamayumi spread and became popular among ordinary households as well. Rooted in folk beliefs and customs, it has become common to use the Hamayumi to ward off evil spirits and protect one's family and home. Under the influence of shrines and temples, Hamayumi were also used in sacred places, and their influence spread to popular beliefs and customs.