Hanten & Happi
Here are the cotton (and rarely silk) hanten, happi and kendo-gi, most of which are unisex. Whenever there is obvious gender
specificity, I will mention it in the description. Where possible, I have the
translations for the kanji on the collar strips and the
backs of the pieces. Great with jeans
(even with shorts!) and very unique, so you are not
wearing just another jacket!
I sometimes also have happis for children; view
those on this page.
Antique Japanese Pilgrimage Vest, 54 Stamps HH82.
Pattern: Thin, filmy white cotton with kanji in
black running down the center of the back and 54 red
ink stamps across the back and on the wearer's right
Comments: These are getting SO impossible to find,
so I'm happy to have one for you, especially at this
very decent price. Loose threads here and there,
mostly because it is not entirely hemmed; excellent
condition, especially considering the delicate
nature of the cotton used.
•Width: 19 1/4"
•Sleeve: 17 1/2" opening
Antique Japanese Happi Noragi Hanten HH75.
Pattern: Not really a pattern per se, but the
different color threads present in horizontal bands
of very fine lines; not quite stripes. The overall
color appears as a deep bluish grey or an off-black.
Hard to describe (and didn't photograph well) but
very attractive in its subtlety. Black cotton han
eri on the collar strip.
Comments: Slight age spotting on collar strip. Black
liner has long stitches of thick thread that makes
me wonder if this was on its way to being a hanten.
All over really nice condition.
Material: Blend, possibly cotton/silk
Color: Black, grey/taupe blended
•Sleeve: 17 1/2-5 1/2" Taper
•Shoulder: 22 1/4"
Japanese Antique Kimono Happi, Burgundy HH73 .
Pattern: Kanji and characters in white on a burgundy
ground, lapel ties attached. White linear stripe
across the back of the shoulders and sleeves.
Comments: This one has a charming little repair as
seen in two of the pictures. Inside of cuff has
reinforcement in blue dots on a white ground. Medium
stiff from recent cleaning, small spot on back of
right sleeve at cuff.
Condition: Very good
•Sleeve: 10 1/4"
Antique Japanese Kimono Happi, Mazes HH67
Pattern: Pattern of mazes or puzzles around the
lower body in a sort of dark grey. Framed kanji at
the top of each collar strip, kanji symbol encircled
on the back.
Comments: Nicely soft from wear, the indigo color is
beginning the fading process and is now sort of a
dusty navy blue; quite attractive! Inner cuffs are
HH67 Maze Happi $65.00
Condition: Very Good
Color: Faded Indigo
•Length: 28 1/2"
•Sleeve: 10 3/4-9"
Antique Japanese Kimono Happi, Black Shima HH65
Pattern: Standard Shima, or vertical stripe. The
black and grey/white stripes make the happi look
grey at a distance.
Comments: Unusual in that there is no black collar
strip, no kanji at the front or back. Starchy stiff
from recent cleaning.
HH65 Shima Happi $55.00
•Sleeve: 12-9 1/2"
•Shoulder: 23 1/2"
Antique Kimono Happi, White with Bright Green. HH57
Pattern: White ground with green details, last
picture shows logo located on the sleeves as well as
the back. Inner cuffs
have blue dots on a white ground.
Comments: This has an agricultural feel to it; maybe
it's the nearly John Deere color of green, but the
inspired by new plant growth. Nice bright piece for
HH57 White & Green Happi $70.00.
Color: White and bright green.
•Width: 44 3/4"
•Body: 20 1/4"
HH52 Navy Blue Happi.
Pattern: Navy blue with white and red Kanji. Right
collar Kanji says "Matsuzaka Gion Festival." Left
collar reads "Sanja Mikoshi Society." The back Kanji
says "Gion," which is Kyoto's Geisha town.
Comments: Longer than usual; same length as most
HH52 Gion Happi: $65.00
Color: Navy blue with white and red detail, white
half liner and brick pattern cuff liner; white on a
•Wrist to wrist: 52"
•Body width: 28"
•Vertical sleeve: 11"
HH50 Happi, Delta Air Lines.
Pattern: Plain blue cotton/polyester, black collar
strip, logo on left chest.
Comments: One size. Oddly, it is made in the USA! So
it is a Japanese Happi made in the US, then shipped
to Japan to be worn by the Delta Airlines workers
and now it is back home in the US for you to enjoy
this much traveled happi! There are multiple pieces,
identical in every way so individual measurements
will not be given for each one. The large black
numbers following the size description indicate how
many remain; I will delete the numbers from largest
to smallest as they are sold.
HH50 Delta Happi: $50.00
Color: Medium dark blue with black collar strip, no
shoulder or cuff liners.
•Wrist to wrist: 50 1/2"
•Body width: 26"
•Vertical sleeve: 10"
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HH49 Sashiko Ori Shrine Happi
Pattern: Indigo blue cotton Sashiko Ori with red and
white details. Collar kanji says "Izou shrine" and
back reads as "Hirayama" which would be the town's
name. Brown shoulder liner matches interior edge of
Comments: This particular cotton weave is called
Sashiko Ori (stitched weave.) A Kendo jacket is
almost the same fabric but thicker than this. Kendo
jacket fabric is double Sashiko Ori, this Happi
fabric is single Sashiko Ori. There are multiple
identical pieces here, the same in every way apart
from at most a 3/4" difference in the wrist to wrist
measurement, so individual measurements will not be
listed. The large black numbers following the
measurement information indicate how many remain; I
will delete the numbers from largest to smallest as
they are sold.
HH49 Izou Shrine Jacket: $75.00
Condition: Excellent with some random fading to the
red part of the back kanji.
Color: Indigo ground with red and white detailing,
brown shoulder liner and cuff liner.
•Wrist to wrist: 55"-56" approximately
•Body width: 25"
•Vertical sleeve: 10"