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It's like a...fluffy...thingy. It floats around their head and past their shoulders and down to their waist. I see it a lot. The two characters with it who come to mind are Guren from Shounen Onmyouji and Elsie from The World God Only Knows, but there are others with the same accessory. I'm just curious as to what it is. Attached is Guren with the...thingy.enter image description here

  • Tennyo no Hagoromo – ton.yeung Jun 20 '16 at 21:35
  • While we do require questions to be related to anime or manga, some amount of cultural context can also play into the answer. In this case, it seems like the question would be perfectly fine if it asked about a specific example (e.g. the pictured one), and I don't think the question is made substantially worse by the fact that the OP has identified that it is a recurring element in several works. For this reason I'm not voting to close this question, but I would like to see answers that focus more on the use in anime/manga (particularly the two identified in the post). – Logan M May 10 '18 at 18:03
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This is actually a culture/belief thing, so it is a real thing. It occurs in many Asian countries, like China and Japan. Here is a picture of it in real life:

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Basically, it is a silk scarf, a really long one. It is not only used by gods; in the ancient times, dancers and women performing in front of people with some sort of power (such as money or governing) would usually wear this. When people in real life wear it, it obviously won't be like that; it would be like a normal scarf, as you can see from this picture:

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In there the scarf is floating around the woman: this is to bring out her aura and beauty.

That's the basic idea, though I might have missed certain details. If anyone is reading this and think I didn't put down the correct answer, please add on. Hope this helps.

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They're called Tenne somewhere around the bronze age where Japan had an influx of Buddhist culture. http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/drapery-robes-japan-buddha-statues.html

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