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The History of Happi Coats

Happi Coats are short, wide-sleeved over coats traditionally worn by shop keepers in Japan. In later periods, they became popular for festivals and other special events. They often feature bright colors, bold designs, and sometimes a family crest. Today, these easily recognizable coats are most often worn during festivals.

The Eno Period (1603 to 1867)

Known as happi coats, hapi coats, happy coats, and, traditionally, as haori, these short jackets are a worn over a traditional Japanese kimono as a light jacket. Originally, they served as a light coat worn by men wearing a hakama. Women did not began wearing the happi coat regularly until the Edo period.

The Edo period was best known for being a period of economic growth and interest in the arts and culture.

Happi Coats in Today’s Fashion

Today, Happi coats continue to be worn by some shop keepers as well as employees of sushi houses and at festivals and parties. In recent years, they have also gained popularity as ‘robes’ to be worn around the house by people all over the world. Featuring bright colors, patterns, and sometimes distinctive family crests, Happi coats are a popular fashion statement in today’s culture.