Japanese Otafuku mask Japan 8 inches, painted papier mache Also known as Uzumi or Okame, Otafuku is the name for the female half of a traditional Japanese Kyogen theatre pair She is considered to be the goddess of mirth and is frequently seen in Japanese art. Part of the Kyogen category of masks, this is a character used for the comic interlude in classic Noh plays. It is also popular with street performers and the general public
A Hangyoku (Young Geisha) holding a Kumade or "Lucky Charm Rake", which are sometimes styled to resemble cypress-slat fans, as here. The Otafuku mask or “Goddess of Mirth” is generally attached to help rake in happiness and prosperity. Kumade are sold at Tori-no-Ichi Festivals that are held in November, throughout Japan. The largest of the Tori-no-Ichi Festivals are in Tokyo.