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One kind of kasa for Buddhist monks is made overlarge, in a bowl or mushroom shape and is made from woven rice straw. It does not come to a point like a rice farmer's hat, nor ride high on the head like a samurai's traveling hat. It is just a big hat covering the upper half to two thirds of the face. Thus, it helps mask the identity of the monk and allows him to travel undistracted by sights around him on his journey.
Kasa shares its etymology with the Japanese word for "umbrella" (which is also pronounced "kasa", but written 傘).
Here is a list of several types of kasa:
These women at the Awa Dance Festival wear the characteristic kasa of the dance.
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