Some Sushi chef I met up in Auckland a few weeks back and there was no way I wasn't gonna add this to the collection.
His right arm had one of the classic traditional pieces, the Japanese hannya mask.
In Japanese theatre (Noh) the hannya mask represents female rage and pain, and it is used when a particular character needs to be invoked. These two emotions are difficult to capture at the same time. It represents female obsessed with a devil or taking a devil form of being.
She begins as a normal female, but when she is betrayed, get angry and jealous she turns into a demon.
When the mask is held straight ahead, it looks angry. When the mask is held a little down it looks sad.
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