There is a tradition in Japan from ancient times to give a mirror stand as part of the trousseau to the daughter who is leaving home to get married. Mirror stands with three-side mirrors that were treated like a treasure for women and used for a long period of time. This tradition to bring wedding trousseau has disappeared almost completely now except in a few regions of Japan. In the past, a mirror stand was placed on the tatami floor.
Women would sit on the floor in front of the mirror to make up, or stand up and step back to see their attire through the mirror. Most mirrors had small drawers near the floor for keeping cosmetics and makeup items. Mirrors have been a holy item from ancient times in the sense that a mirror was presented as a god at shrines. At home, it was etiquette to hang a cloth over the mirror and lift the cloth up only when using the mirror.
Shizuoka, Tokushima, and Hiroshima were some of the areas that flourished as mirror production regions since the manufacturing of mirror stands were the main work in the furniture industry. Although a mirror is still an essential item for women in Japan, traditional mirror stands for Japanese-style rooms are not commonly used in recent years. We produced a desk with a three-side mirror following this tradition of mirror stands in Japan.