Japan Kimono
The Art of Kimono
happi vest history

Happi (法被, 半被) is a traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat usually made of indigo or brown cotton and imprinted with a distinctive mon (crest).

Happi vests are usually worn on festivals.

happi coathappi coat

Originally, these represented the crest of a family, as happi were worn by house servants.
Later, the coats commonly began to display the crests of shops and organisations.

happi coathappi coat

Firefighters in the past also used to wear happi as marks of masculinity.
The symbol on their backs referred to the group with which they were associated.

happi coat