Everything else is solid except for the sliver that is hanging off the back. Why is this transparent?

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The headgear is called a Kanmuri and that translucent part is just a thin layer of cloth/mesh attached to the headgear.

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    According to (kariginu.jp/kikata/2-2.htm), the semi-transparent part is specifically called an ei (纓). – senshin Dec 2 '15 at 16:09
  • @senshin Kanmuri is the headgear. I updated my answer so it would be less confusing which is which – Bahamut Dec 3 '15 at 1:52

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