Tokin (headwear)

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Statue of a Karasu-Tengu as Yamabushi wearing a Tokin on the head, Kenchō-ji

A tokin (頭襟 or 頭巾 or ときん) is a small black box worn on the foreheads of Yamabushi – practitioners of Shugendō – or Tengu, dangerous yet protective spirits of the mountains and forests from the Japanese mythology. It is not only worn as a head decoration, but also used as a drinking cup. The Tokin is an evolution and miniaturization of a full-sized hat of the same name worn earlier in the Kamakura period, and is coincidentally similar in appearance to tefillin worn by Orthodox Jews.