About "Happi ya" YAMAKICHIYamakichi 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.
|Artifact Name||Happi Coats : Dyeing|
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
- 1. Design
- The materials, colors, patterns, sizes, etc. are decided upon, and an image of the final design is made.
- 2. Make the Hanshita
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
The pattern is ironed on to a thin mesh screen.
* This is called "Shahari".
- 4. Hand Dying
The white fabric is thoroughly dyed.
* This process has to be done quickly and evenly by a skilled dyer.
- 5. Washing
- The fabric has to be washed. *The colorants do not come out.
- 6. Drying
The fabric is usually left to dry in the sun.
* They also have a special drying room.
- 7. Sewing / Finishing
The fabric is cut, and each piece is carefully sewn on a sewing machine.
* Some are hand-sewn.
Location & Address
■ 山吉: YAMAKICHI
- Postal code
- 2-30 Shirosaki-cho Nishio-shi Aichi
- Business hours
- 8:00 - 18:00
- Sundays / National holidays