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Matching kinchaku bags
Matching kinchaku bags

Kinchaku (巾着, lit.'cloth + wearing / on one's person') is a traditional Japanese drawstring bag, used like a handbag (similar to the English reticule) for carrying around personal possessions; smaller ones are usually used to carry loose coinage (similar to a sagemono), cosmetics, lucky charms, hand warmers and other small items. Larger versions can be used to carry bento (packed lunchboxes) and utensils, as well as other larger possessions. The bags traditionally carried by maiko and geisha are a variant on kinchaku, and are called kago () (literally 'basket') after their woven basket base.

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