History of Nails in Japan

History of Nails in Japan

History of Nails in Japan

Red to ward off evil

Makeup with plenty of Beni(red) has been a draw for women since time immemorial.

There are sayings that the red color could dispel evil spirits.


The deep red shades achieved by using Benibana flower (safflower, Carthamus tinctorius) dyes have been much loved amongst women since around the time of the Heian era.

Women applied Beni to their fingernails and toenails (in the Edo Period, this method was called 'Tsuma Beni', which literally means "red nail").

Modern Nail Culture

A nail lacquer was born as a by-product of automotive paint in the early 20th century.

In Japan, a job called manicurist was born around 1980.
Gofun nail launched in 2010. It is thanks to your patronage that we have been able to weave a history of over 10 years. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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