• Happi ya YAMAKICHI Image
  • Happi ya YAMAKICHI Image
  • Happi ya YAMAKICHI Image
  • Happi ya YAMAKICHI Image

About "Happi ya" YAMAKICHI

happi coats with mikoshi Yamakichi makes more than just happi coats. It also makes original personalized washcloths, towels, nobori banners, t-shirts and other items , under the brand name "Happi-Ya".
The name originally came from a bad pun, "Wear a happi and be happy!" but customers loved it, and found it easy to remember.
Career
1927
Founded as "Happi-Ya"
1951
Opened the Tokyo-Yamakichi branch store in Rokubancho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
1966
Became incorporated and changed trade name to YAMAKICHI Co., Ltd.

Artifact Information

Artifact NameHappi Coats : Dyeing
History Happi coats were created in the latter half of the Edo period, when samurai switched to them from their traditional haori coats. They were originally given large designs with the samurai clan's crest.
Letters could be written onto the front of a happi coat, sharing the wearer's name, affiliation, or personal philosophy.

Now, happi coats are a traditional method of dress seen all the time at Japanese festivals. During the festivals both men and women sweat, but the happi coats allows for a lot of air to reach their skins. "When you wear a happicoat, you get excited for the festival and by having everyone wear the same happi coat, you all feel like you've become one."
This is said to be the best part of the festivals.

To interview Yohei Okada "Happi ya" YAMAKICHI

Manufacturing Method

1. Design
The materials, colors, patterns, sizes, etc. are decided upon, and an image of the final design is made.
2. Make the Hanshita
Working view Pattern papers called "hanshita" are made.
* The number of papers required will change depending on the color scheme of the Happi.
3. Lay Out the Pattern
Working view The pattern is ironed on to a thin mesh screen.
* This is called "Shahari".
4. Hand Dying
Working view The white fabric is thoroughly dyed.
* This process has to be done quickly and evenly by a skilled dyer.
5. Washing
Working view The fabric has to be washed. *The colorants do not come out.
6. Drying
Working view The fabric is usually left to dry in the sun.
* They also have a special drying room.
7. Sewing / Finishing
Working view The fabric is cut, and each piece is carefully sewn on a sewing machine.
* Some are hand-sewn.

Location & Address

■ 山吉: YAMAKICHI

Home page signboard
Postal code
445-0065
Address
2-30 Shirosaki-cho Nishio-shi Aichi
Homepage
http://www.happy-ya.jp/
Business hours
8:00 - 18:00
Holidays
Sundays / National holidays