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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 front.
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.

HH82 $75.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: White

Size:
•Length: 26"
•Width: 19 1/4"
•Sleeve: 17 1/2" opening
•Shoulder: 18"

Antique Japanese Happi, Black, "Run Run Run" HH80.

Pattern: Large symbol with red arrow fletching at center back, and the word "Run" in script repeats three times around the hemline. No idea what that means, but very cool. The dyeing looks like it may have been done by a resist method, but I can't confirm that. Fabric is thicker than the cotton used in present day happis.
Comments: A couple of repairs on this hand stitched happi but nothing that inhibits its wearability. Notice the enormous himo sewn (not all that skillfully) to the collar strips; no idea why those are there either, but once again, very cool and very unusual. This one has a back vent at the hem as though the owner was riding horse while wearing it. Lots of very interesting things about this happi that makes it a keeper for someone; is that you?

HH80 $90.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Very good
Color: Black

Size:
•Length: 28"
•Width: 49"
•Sleeve: 10-9" Taper
•Shoulder: 22 1/2"

Antique Japanese Happi, Two Faces HH79.

Pattern: The two faces on the center back are very familiar to me but I can't identify them; would be happy to hear from any of you who know the provenance of them. In addition to the kanji high on the collar strips, there is kanji at the end of the left collar strip. The cuff reinforcements are a sage/olive color and they match the shoulder liner, even though it doesn't appear so in the photos.
Comments: That line of black stitching is a repair about midway up the left sleeve. It's your choice, but I would reinforce that repair as it will open up over time. Aside from that, this very unusual happi is in excellent condition. Again, somewhat larger than many vintage happis currently available.

HH79 $80.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: Black

Size:
•Length: 30"
•Width: 53"
•Sleeve: 11 1/2-9" Taper
•Shoulder: 25 1/2"

Antique Japanese Happi, Black with Pine HH78.

Pattern: Very quiet with only pine around the hemline and kanji on the front in white on the black ground. Brown cuff reinforcements and blue shoulder liner.
Comments: Note the areas that I photographed closely showing what looks like a running chain stitch; that is actually where the fabric is 'perforated' by perhaps a needle too large for close stitching. In order to make this one wearable, you should stitch bias tape or a strip of fabric to the inside of the sleeve just above the cuff reinforcement. Other than that, the garment is in fine condition, but I have priced it very low because it is more than just closing a seam.

HH78 $45.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Good
Color: Black

Size:
•Length: 27 1/2"
•Width: 52"
•Sleeve: 9"
•Shoulder: 26"

SOLD Antique Japanese Happi, MINAMI HH77.

Pattern: Other than the center back symbol, the only decoration to this one is the word MINAMI repeated twice around the hem in large block letters. The word translates to 'from the south' or 'hailing from the south' as in a person who comes from the south rather than the north.
Comments: Brown cuff reinforcements and blue shoulder liner, this one is ready to wear Larger than usual size here too.

HH77 $80.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: Black

Size:
•Length: 28 1/2"
•Width: 56"
•Sleeve: 10-9" Taper
•Shoulder: 28"

SOLD Antique Japanese Happi, Black, HH76.

Pattern: Back pattern, crest and front kanji in white on a black ground. Brown cuff reinforcements and blue shoulder liner.
Comments: Wider body (shoulder) measurement than usual in a happi and also wider from wrist to wrist at 50". Small area of missing white in the back design and some slight age smudging, but all around excellent wearable condition.

HH76 $65.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: Black

Size:
•Length: 30"
•Width: 50"
•Sleeve: 10-9" Taper
•Shoulder: 25"

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.

HH75 $90.00
Material: Blend, possibly cotton/silk
Condition: Excellent
Color: Black, grey/taupe blended

Size:
•Length: 35"
•Width: 48"
•Sleeve: 17 1/2-5 1/2" Taper
•Shoulder: 22 1/4"


SOLD Japanese Antique Kimono Happi, Red, Birds HH74 .

Pattern: White birds and kanji on a brilliant red background, lapel ties attached. The left sleeve has a gold embroidered crest or laurel as shown in the photos.
Comments: This one is considerably larger than what we usually find, as evidenced by the measurements seen below. Medium soft; on it's way to being nicely broken in.

HH74 $75.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: Red

Size:
•Length: 31 1/2"
•Width: 59"
•Sleeve: 10 1/2"
•Shoulder: 26 3/4" 

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.

HH73 $65.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Very good
Color: Burgundy

Size:
•Length: 29"
•Width: 48"
•Sleeve: 10 1/4"
•Shoulder: 25"

Antique Japanese Kimono Happi, Puzzle HH68

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. Inner cuffs are brown.
Comments: Nicely soft from wear, the indigo color is beginning the fading process and is now sort of a dusty navy blue; quite attractive! Seam under the left arm is undone for about 2"; NOT torn, just needing to be resewn if you wish.

HH68 Puzzle Happi $65.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Very Good
Color: Faded Indigo
Size:
•Length: 29"
•Width: 54"
•Sleeve: 10 3/4-9 1/2"
•Shoulder: 26"

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 brown.

HH67 Maze Happi $65.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Very Good
Color: Faded Indigo
Size:
•Length: 28 1/2"
•Width: 51"
•Sleeve: 10 3/4-9"
•Shoulder: 26"

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
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: Black/Grey
Size:
•Length: 27"
•Width: 51"
•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 logo seems
inspired by new plant growth. Nice bright piece for spring!

HH57 White & Green Happi $70.00.
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: White and bright green.
Size:
•Width: 44 3/4"
•Body: 20 1/4"
•Sleeve: 11"
•Length: 29" 

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 men's haoris.

HH52 Gion Happi: $65.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent
Color: Navy blue with white and red detail, white half liner and brick pattern cuff liner; white on a brown ground.
Size:
•Wrist to wrist: 52"
•Body width: 28"
•Vertical sleeve: 11"
•Length: 37" 

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
Material: Cotton/Polyester
Condition: Excellent
Color: Medium dark blue with black collar strip, no shoulder or cuff liners.
Size:
•Wrist to wrist: 50 1/2"
•Body width: 26"
•Vertical sleeve: 10"
•Length: 31" 

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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 cuffs.
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
Material: Cotton
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.
Size:
•Wrist to wrist: 55"-56" approximately
•Body width: 25"
•Vertical sleeve: 10"
•Length: 32" 

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SOLD HH45 Vintage Japanese Kimono Kendo Gi, Indigo Cotton.

Pattern: Kendo Gi with standard pattern weave of indigo cotton, this one is the same weave all the way down instead of having a horizontal division.
Comments: Fairly heavy, owner's name embroidered in silver on the end of the left collar strip. Kendo is one of the Martial Arts; this one involves training with swords and translates to 'way of the sword' or 'student of the sword' depending on whom you ask.

HH45 Kendo Gi $95.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent condition
Color: Indigo
Size:
•Wrist to wrist: 49"
•Body Width: 22"
•Sleeve Depth: 10" - 7"
•Length: 30"

SOLD HH44 Vintage Japanese Kimono Kendo Gi, Indigo Cotton.

Pattern: Kendo Gi with a different weave pattern; double rows of raised weave separated by 'valleys,' this is different enough to pay attention to.
Comments: Starchy stiff from recent cleaning, owner's name embroidered in green on the end of the left collar strip. Kendo is one of the Martial Arts; this one involves training with swords and translates to 'way of the sword' or 'student of the sword' depending on whom you ask.

HH44 Kendo Gi $95.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Excellent condition
Color: Indigo
Size:
•Wrist to wrist: 49"
•Body Width: 22"
•Sleeve Depth: 9 1/2" - 7"
•Length: 29" 

HH39 Antique Japanese Kimono Hanten Happi. 

The picture bottom right shows the beginning of an opening in the side seam, wearer's left.  Stitch it back if you wish, patch it or just leave it as it is.  As with most of these older cotton pieces, there will be some spots here and there that will most likely come out with careful laundering. 

HH39 Hanten $65.00
Material: Cotton
Condition: Vintage Excellent
Color: White & Black Shima
Size:
•Wrist to wrist: 48"
•Body Width: 22 1/2"
•Sleeve: Tapers from 10 1/2" to 8"
•Length: 26"