Photographer's Note

Some TE friends are already familiar with this unique hat. Yes this is main characteristic of Awa odori. Each dance team has symbol mark or color, representing each team's identity. This team's symbol is "Hyottoko",that is printed at the sleeve .

Hyottoko' s expanation is as foloows from "Wikipedia"
Hyottoko seems to have been a legendary character in the past and is now a mask. Some masks have different eye size between left and right eyes, often wearing a scarf around his head (usually white with blue dots). There is a similar character for women called okame or otafuku.
The origin of the name comes from Hi (fire) Otoko (man) because the character is blowing fire with a bamboo pipe and local dialects transform it into Hyottoko.

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