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"Ujikoju" Japanese Happi Coat
vintage japanese happi happy coat

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Our Price: $35.00
Material: cotton
Length: 29"
Width: 51"
Body: 49"
Condition: Very Good

Quantity in Stock:1
Product Code: 0523HAPPI9

This listing is for a vintage happi coat - typically worn for parades or festivals, and usually decorated with auspicious designs or kanji that refer to an event sponsor, community organization, or even the town government.

The background is a turquoise blue with a white cresting wave pattern along the lower portion of the jacket. The large, red kanji character on the back is "matsuri", meaning festival.

On the front collar is white kanji lettering that can be translated as "Praying to the same god", which is a reference to "ujikoju", a practice where a specific Shinto deity is revered by a localized community as its protector or guardian.

Note that there is a bit of mottling on both sleeves.

Watch the video below on the Gion Matsuri - a summer festival in Kyoto that features huge parade floats pulled by (mostly) men in happi coats! The coats are also worn by observers along the very crowded sidewalks!

Gion Matsuri 2022

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