Some of you have been waiting for this because I told you about it in email or on the phone. This is my new hat. I picked it up in Takayama. I have wanted one for a years, but have never seen one for sale before. They are a little rare and many Japanese people have never seen them. The standard configuration is conical, coming to a sharp point at the top. I have seen these hats in movies and animation. They are called sandogasa (三度笠), coming partially from the word for umbrella. Couriers in olden times would wear hats like this, keeping their hands free and eliminating the need for an umbrella. It’s nice on a rainy day, but excellent on a sunny day, shading the face and neck while allowing a breeze for cooling.
I really want one that is at least 50 percent wider and with a slightly lower brim. Those usually seem to be worn by mysterious heroes, wandering samurai, and traveling monks in the movies.