- A wonderful black, cotton happi coat, with spectacular, big bangasa (Japanese parasols) and tanzanaku (paper strips for poetry) design
- It may have shitsuke, which is large, white stitching put in by the Japanese to keep garment seams neat during long periods of storage, it just gets pulled out prior to wearing
- These Japanese garments should be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently, just as the Japanese do. Hang your garment to air when you receive it too, as it will have been stored for a while.
Excellent – vintage but unused
Type: Happi, a light jacket, popular in summer in Japan, usually worn to summer festivals Hitoe (unlined), as is standard with happi coats. Cotton
Sleeve end to sleeve end 126 cm
Sleeve seam to sleeve seam (yuki) 64 cm
Length 78 cm
Weight 0.5 kilo
- Happi: a light jacket, popular in summer in Japan, usually worn to summer festivals Hitoe (unlined), as is standard with happi coats.
- Fastening: Happi do not overlap at the front and are not worn with an obi/sash.
- Storage: The Japanese take great pains to store their traditional garments with the utmost care, which is why they stay in such exceptional condition. Some of my Japanese garments have large, white stitching (shitsuke) round the edges. The Japanese put these stitches in to keep the edges flat during long periods of storage, these stitches just get pulled out before wearing the garment.
- They should also be hung out to air 4 times per year, if not worn frequently. Hang your garment to air for a day or so immediately after purchase too, as it will have been stored for a while.
- Cedarwood or lavender essential oil keeps moths away, don't get it on the fabric, apply near it, on the box, wrapper, drawer etc or on a tissue.
- Uses: Happi can, of course, be worn but also make a wonderful display items and require less space to display than a kimono.
- Length: Happi are fairly long jackets, most are from upper thigh to mid thigh length. Check length above then measure from base of back of your neck down to judge length on you
- Cleaning: Be very cautious about washing traditional Japanese garments. I would advise only dry cleaning
- Colour: Please be aware that different monitors display colour slightly differently. Therefore the colour in the photos and description is a guide only