What is a hankachi and Why Do So Many People Carry a Handkerchief in Japan?
To some this may seem old-fashioned, but the technologically most advanced country is a huge fan of these: handkerchieves! In Japanese called hankachi (ハ
ンカチ) they are an essential accessory in everyone’s pocket or bag. Some might wonder, how they are being used. It is also an extremely popular gift and a souvenir. So how do people in Japan make use of such a vintage item, women and men alike?
Handkerchieves (or small hand towels) can be made of cotton, synthetic fabric silk or linen. The ones used among Japanese during daily life is usually cotton, though of course there are different tastes among different people. The main purpose would be to dry your hands, i.e. after having washed your hands after having used the bathroom, that is why cotton works best.
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