Because of its distinctive shape, it is often used in the depiction of East Asians. Recently, as part of international one day cricket matches in Australia, the conical hat has been a fashion phenomenon amongst spectators, with many decorated in Australian green and gold livery. Given that spectators are exposed for long periods in direct sunlight, the conical hat is a logical sun-safe device.
In mainland China and Taiwan, it is called dǒu lì (literally, a one-dǒu bamboo hat). In Japan, the hat is called sugegasa. In Korea, it is called satgat, mostly worn by Buddhist monks; in Vietnam, the name is Nón lá (leaf hat). The conical hat varieties in Vietnam are notable for their romantic and timelessly crafted adornments. Special conical hats in Vietnam contain colorful hand-stitch depictions or words while the Huế varieties are famous for their 'poem conical hats'. These contain random poetic verses and Hán tự which can be revealed when the hat is directed above one's head in the sunlight.
- According to Ed Boon in Raiden's Deception Kard, the original hat used to film Raiden's sprites in the older Mortal Kombat games is long gone, having been destroyed during one of Raiden portrayer Carlos Pesina's falls.
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