Traditional Japanese masks date from 10,000 BC to 300 BC, in the period known as Jomon. They were used mainly in religious games and rituals and were made of shell and pottery. One of the main rites for which they were used consisted of covering the faces of the deceased, with the belief that in this way they would drive away evil spirits.  With the arrival of the Kofum period in the 4th century BC. and the arrival of Buddhism in Japan, the masks evolve towards another variety of non-religious events, seeking to celebrate festivities, and artistic events such as theater and dance. They also began to be made of other materials such as paper, cast, plastic and more and the faces were refined and detailed.