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Tokyo Head Pendant - Small

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The Jewelry

Sterling Silver - 14K Gold Vermeil

Circular pendant (20mm diameter) with cutout head. 

One "Hoop Lock" is included in the price. Attach it to a necklace, bracelet, or earring you already own or find a new favourite in our collection. 


The Story Behind the Design

Japan is the proud owner of the manhole cover festival that celebrates them.

Indeed, whether they are in plain metal or flashy colors, those Japanese covers are so unique and qualified as art pieces by many. 

This tradition originates from the 1960’s when the ministry employee Yasutake Kameda needed to raise social acceptance for the costly public works. 

By him, populations got encouraged to develop unique cover designs with a local flavour. The first creation happened in 1977. 

Today, over 95% of the 1780 Japanese municipalities have their own artistic designs. 

In this colorful design, the represented figure is a puppet of Hachioji Ningyo, a 160-year-old puppetry company known for its dynamic movements and costumes full of details. 

In the 1980’s, this cultural asset of Tokyo was designated intangible. 

This cultural symbol has, since then, lured people to this attractive western part of the capital.

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