As modern as Japan is, there are traditions that date back to feudal times that remain today. One of those traditions is using hairpins or kanzashi when wearing a kimono.
To drive that point home, these particular kanzashi are made by Wargo Nippon and feature three designs that are based on Samurai-era weaponry.
The brass katana and scabbard is adorned with silver chrysanthemums, the symbol of the Imperial family. The jitte kanzashi is based on the sword-busting weapons used by law enforcement. They’re brass coated in gold or rhodium, with a rayon tassels and a replica lantern used for patrol. Finally, the matchlock rifle kanzashi has a butterfly in honor of Nohime, the wife of samurai warlord Oda Nobunaga.
Form, function, and feudal Japan all in one. Not to mention beauty.
(via RocketNews 24)