Deliciously pretty? Japanese turns dried fish into hair accessories

Japanese Aomikan has turned dried fish (niboshi) into hair accessories.

Previously, we have seen some funky Japanese fashion items like the frog jacket and fried chicken pants. Now, if you ever feel that you love dried fish so much you want it by your side always, you are in luck! Because a Japanese creative designer, Aomikan has made niboshi, or dried anchovy, into hair accessories.

The unique accessory looks exactly like you have a dried fish on your hair, and is bound to have people around you do a double take. The creator’s concept is to give the dried anchovy a “second life”. Aomikan proposed, “The lives of these fishes will not simply end at being made into delicious broth!”


To make the hair accessory, you begin with wrapping the dried fish with several layers of transparent resin, and then attach it to things such as a comb. The resin process takes at least 10 days, so as to make sure all the fishy smell is gone. The product is then completed with a Swarovski crystal as the eye — nobody can say they have eyes like a dead fish now!

This line of niboshi goods was well-received during the Design Festa held earlier last month at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan’s largest convention and exhibition center. The accessories have also been featured on television.

As it is difficult to ensure that the dried fishes are in the right size and can curve perfectly to fit the combs, the supply of these handmade goods, unfortunately, is limited. Nevertheless, for those interested, be sure to check out Aomikan’s booth at the Creator’s Market in Nagoya, on 9 and 10 December!

Creator’s Market
Date: 9 – 10 December 2017
Opening hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Portmesse Nagoya Exhibition Hall 2 and 3

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