Sakae is a Japanese artist that crafts unique kanzashi hairpins from resin and wire. But these stunning pins have a long history in Japan, dating back to the prehistoric Jmon era (1000 BCE).

Putting a slender rod or stick in your hair was thought to protect you from harmful spirits. As their design improved and popularity grew, ladies began to wear them more often as accessories. By sharpening the ends of these pins, they may be utilized as defensive weapons. Kanzashi is now more often worn by brides or geishas.

Because these kanzashi are so delicate, they can only be purchased in Japan through Yahoo! auction. Sakae says she hopes to sell these stunning hairpins online in the future.

#1 Kanzashi Sakae is a Japanese artist that uses resin and wires to create incredibly fragile hairpins

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
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#2 These pins are called Kanzashi and they are a popular accessory in Japan

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#3 But there’s a catch, these hairpins actually have an incredible history

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#4 Their first form is found in the prehistoric Jomon period (1000 BCE) when people used to put thin rods or sticks in their hair

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#5 They thought that this will protect them from evil spirits

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#6 Their popularity has increased with more women wearing them as simple accessories

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#7 During the XVIIth century, these accessories were actually used as self-defense weapons by making their ends really sharp

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#8 Now these hairpins are usually worn by brides or geishas

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#9 They are actually so fragile that it is impossible to ship them

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi

#10 Making them not only incredibly beautiful but also really hard to get

Amazingly fragile hairpins may be used as self-defense weapons
Image Courtesy: Instagram/sakae_kanzashi
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