A Japanese Imperial cap

A Kanmuri is a type of Japanese cap generally consisting of lacquer-coated black silk gauze, with ornaments such as a pennon or pennant.

Kanmuris were the standard headwear worn in Japanese imperial court by men, including the emperor, courtiers and aristocrats, from the Heian period to the Meiji Restoration.

Today, Kanmuris are only worn only by the Imperial Family and government officials on rare occasions, such as weddings and the accession of new emperors. It is worn in conjunction with the traditional Japanese outfit called a Sokutai.

The Toyota Camry car is named after the Kanmuri.

Famous Kanmuri wearers

  • Emperor of Japan
  • Tokugawa Yoshinobu