Demon Slayer Cosplay Costume Gallery 2021

Every year Japan creates a list of new words that have entered the Japanese language. In the 2020 list the word “kimetsu no yaiba” made an appearance. Such was the rise in popularity of anime “Demon Slayer”.

Amongst other things, the program is notable for the striking kimono patterns worn by many of the characters. It didn’t take long for the show to take off internationally and for Cosplayers to Tanjiro-style sniff a costuming opportunity.

With that in mind, here is a gallery of some of our favourite Demon Slayer cosplay options.

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Studio Ghibli Cosplay Costume Gallery

Totoro Cosplay photo by Greyloch https://www.flickr.com/photos/greyloch/

We get it. You’ve seen all the Studio Ghibli movies, you know all the character names, you love the songs, and there’s only one thing left to do. You need to become a studio ghibli character.

Enter the realm of Studio Ghibli cosplay. The good news is, if you want to do a Ghibli costume, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are no shortage of people that have been there before you, so here we’ll hope to give you some ideas, and some links to different products that can help.

Studio Ghibli Cosplay options

Totoro Cosplay Outfits

Okay, let’s face it, everyone wants to be Totoro. Totoro costumes are the most commonly searched for type of Ghibli cosplay, especially around halloween. Given that Totoro is so soft and furry, it’s not surprising that the onesie rules the roost here.

Totoro Cosplay for Kids!

Spirited Away Cosplay Outfits

By 玄史生 - Praca A Kaonashi in teh wild! Photo by własna, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45029705

As for Spirited Away cosplay, Chihiro often gets given the cold shoulder in the dress-up stakes. She just can’t compete with that strangely enigmatic no-face man kaonashi. The Beatles even had a song about him “He’s a real noface man”, right. I think that’s how it went…

 

You can also find Haku outfits. Don’t forget Chihiro, I mean, her name is in the Japanese title of the film “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” right?

Kaonashi Cosplay For Your Cat!

And while we are at it, why limit the cosplay to immediate family. Enter CAT COSPLAY!

Kiki's Delivery Service Cosplay

Kiki cosplay Par jamiweb — https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiweb/8585246725, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52652778

If you want to do Kiki’s Delivery Service cosplay, you’ve got some simple options. At the most basic, your Kiki costume can just be a simple blue dress and bow. If you want to go deluxe, add in broom and Jiji plush. If you’ve got a man-friend, get him to put on a striped red shirt, jeans and glasses so he can be your love interest Tombo. Beware, there is a high likelihood that he will be asked at least 50 times if he is “Where’s Wally” wherever he goes.

Kiki Dress

Any of these would do the trick.

Howl's Moving Castle Cosplay

Ghibli cosplay trio! By Piotrus (User:Piotrus) - Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10010951

For Howl’s Moving Castle, the obvious choice is Sophie, with your main choice being old Sophie or young Sophie. The big challenge here is finding the ye olde style dress, for which buying a ready made one is the simple way to. Then you just need a simple white apron to go over the top.

For men Howl himself is a logical character, or perhaps you could cover yourself bits-o-junk to be the castle itself.

Princess Mononoke Cosplay

Princess Mononoke Costume Di daisuke1230 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/daisuke1230/17290690485, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=56827755

If you want to unleash your inner wild child, then it’s time to un-closet your Princess Mononoke costume! Think red face paint for blood, daggers, furry capes. A boney necklace helps a lot!

Hopefully this article has got your Ghibli juices flowing! Let us know if you have any other Ghibli Cosplay or Ghibli costume ideas we should add here.

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Naruto Hoodies Guide

Naruto Hoodie

Guide to not buying a dud

Naruto is the 4th best selling Manga series of all time. In the two and half decades since its creation, it has exploded over the globe to one of the most popular Japanese comic characters around. 

So it’s no surprise that lots of people are after Naruto merch, and the Naruto hoodie is a popular choice – especially as a present for your anime loving family member or friend.

So here is a guide on how to buy a Naruto Hoodie gift that won’t disappoint.

Where To Buy Naruto Hoodies

There are a range of places to get yourself or a loved one wrapped in some Naruto. The top places to look are:

1. Xplayer Shop Hoodies

2. Amazon Naruto Hoodies

3. Amazon Japan Naruto Hoodies 

4. Etsy Naruto Hoodies

5. Aliexpress Naruto Hoodies

6. Teepublic Naruto Hoodies

Xplayer Shop Hoodies

The Xplayer shop has the best selection of deluxe, high quality Naruto hoodies for the serious fan.

Xplayer has given us a 15% discount for their products using code “japanoscope”.

#1 Long Green Naruto Hoodie Jacket

I really like this hoodie. I got one of these for my 12 year old son, and he loves it! It’s great quality, with a tough canvas-like cotton material.  The website lists this as a summer/spring jacket, but I think the coat length, draw strings, robust zippers and buttons make it good as a winter top as well. We took some photos of him wearing his Naruto hoodie jacket below.

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#2 Dark "Akatsuki" style Naruto Hoodie Jacket

Here’s one for those that are fans of the “darker” side of the naruto universe!

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#3 Casual Naruto Hoodie Jacket

This one features the distinctive “Uchiha” family crest. It is stylish without being over the top, so can be worn in a range of contexts.

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Amazon Naruto Hoodies

Amazon has a wide range of Naruto goods, maybe not quite so “maniac” as some of the other stuff here for the hardcore fan, but still solid.

#4 Trad-Cut Akatsuki Naruto Hoodie Jacket

This is the big one! This is the highest customer ranking Naruto hoodie on Amazon. It’s a classic hoodie, non-jacket style too, which will suit a lot of people:

Amazon Japan Naruto Hoodies

If you are looking for something a bit different from Naruto’s home land, try Amazon Japan, some of who’s sellers ship internationally, or you can use a shipping service to get them shipped to your country via Japan.

#5 Bright Sasuke Naruto Hoodie Jacket

Etsy Naruto Hoodies

Etsy has really interesting selections that you won’t find anywhere else. Their top rated Naruto hoodie is this retro design:

#6 Retro Classic Naruto Hoodie Jacket

The design on this one is so classic, it hits all the visual cues of the anime and consule game.

Aliexpress Naruto Hoodies

They are also often the cheapest options, although you won’t find so many “official” items.

#7 Bold Design Naruto Hoodie Jacket

These highly colorful Naruto hoodies are amongst the most striking on offer! They are also a bargain to boot…

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Teepublic Naruto Hoodies

Great for unusual and fan generated designs. Teepublic lets independent designers make their own creations, so there are some great finds on there!

#8 Naruto Eats Ramen Hoodie Jacket

Naruto loves ramen! This one references your insider knowledge of the anime and simultaneously expresses your love of noodles. That’s a win-win!

Types of Naruto Hoodie Design

Let’s face it, this is going to be the big one for most people.

You are mostly going to find designs based around certain characters and places. The main ones are:

Naruto Hoodie Characters

Naruto Uzumaki

Of course, Naruto himself is the main man. So the bulk of Naruto hoodie paraphernalia features our hero.

Probably the most “classic” design is the orange sided one that the main character Naruto himself wears in most of the anime series. If you after something that is instantly recognisable to those who are already familiar with Naruto, but not necessarily to those who aren’t, this is probably the one to go for.

The top customer rated on Amazon in this style is this one:

 

Sasuke Uchiha

The main arch-nemesis of the piece is Sasuke, but he has his own dark charm that makes him one of the most popular characters from the Naruto universe. He’s a bit like the biblical disciple Peter who betrayed Jesus, but who is deep down (hopefully) a good person.

Suitably “bad boy” is the Sasuke themed denim hoodie below.

Kakashi Hatake

Kakashi is consistently voted as one of the most popular characters in Naruto. He is a leadership figure, is mysterious, and just down-right cool looking. So he is a popular motif in Naruto paraphernalia.

This is the top customer rated Kakashi item on Amazon, and even comes with a head band!

Akatsuki

The Akatsuki are a bunch of bad-boy criminals with distinctive red ensignia. Their black background and striking logo, matched with their tough-gang mystique, make them popular in the Naruto merch world, including Naruto Hoodies.

Here is a classic example:

 

Official Versus Unofficial Naruto Hoodies

Officially licensed Naruto hoodie products will usually say so fairly prominently in the description. There is no guarantee that officially licensed products are actually going to be better than the unofficial products, but it does offer some suggestion that the product isn’t going to be complete rubbish. 

If you stick to only official products, it will limit your options a lot and you will probably have to pay more. In a lot of cases, you can do a little homework on product reviews and find something that you can have confidence in outside the confines of “official”.

Naruto Hoodie Materials

Naruto hoodies come in a range of materials. The word “hoodie” conjures up images of something fleecy and warm, but not all items called a hoodie will conform to these ideas.  A lot of people get excited about a hoodie design, order online, and then get disappointed when the item arrives and it doesn’t feel like how they had imagined. Before you click that “order” button take a moment to check what you are actually getting.

Usually Naruto hoodies will be some combination of:

Polyester

Cotton

Spandex

If you want something that is going to last longer, try looking for something that has some proportion of natural fibre like cotton. 

A spandex garment is obviously going to be more stretchy and fitted rather than warm and fleecy, so be aware of this when ordering.

Naruto Hoodie Sizes

A lot of people have trouble with items being larger or smaller than they think because of differences in sizes between different countries, most notably between the United States and other Asian Countries.

Here is a list of the top customer rated Naruto Hoodies across several stores.

We hope that has simplified the process of finding a Naruto Hoodie. If you’re not sure, then it’s probably good to go for the trad-orange Naruto hoodie. Have fun!

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Male Kimono

Male Kimono

男性着物

That's how you rock a Men's Kimono

If you’re a fan of Japanese culture like me, you probably take an interest in Japanese clothing as well. So I thought it would be fun to take a look at different men’s kimonos, men’s yukata and men’s silk robes that are out there. 

Once you start looking into the world of Japanese traditional clothing, it’s deep and diverse world. So I’ll try and simplify things a bit so that we can get the lay of land. 

The main message is that kimonos are not just a relic of the past, but can actually be one of the more versatile, comfortable types of clothing out there. Warm in the winter and cooling in the summer, quality kimonos are easy to layer and made from breathable fabrics. With proper care, high-quality kimono garments can last you for years.

Let’s start by taking a look at a few of the most interesting kimono for men, and kimono inspired garments for men, available today. Then, we’ll dive a little deeper into the world of men’s kimono.

Also check out the Japanoscope Jinbei page if you are interested in finding out more about the summery jacket-and-shorts type kimono.

If you are interested in making your own, have a look at the Japanoscope fabrics page.

Mens Japanese Linen Loose Jacket Casual

Kimono inspired without screaming in your face “I’m wearing a Kimono”.

Pros

  • Breathable linen material
  • Button up or leave open
  • Short sleeves leaves hands free

Cons

  • Not as ditinctly Japanese looking as some other items

Casual Loose Horn Button Linen V-Neck Coat

Casual, understated Kimono haori-style jacket

Pros

  • Genuine linen
  • Range of sizes
  • Can be combined with Japanese or non-Japanese clothing

Cons

  • Can’t be tied or buttoned at front

ArmorStyle Silk Japanese Kimono (With Mask!)

Made from a high-quality blend of polyester and cotton, this silky Japanese Kimono creates an effortless flowy motion on the slightest movement. The robe is extremely soft to the touch, making it perfect for lounging on the home or taking a reflective walk on the beach.

The kimono features a three-quarter length sleeve and straight-edge trail. A simple tie-on belt helps to secure the waist. The black kimono features illustrated blossoms and parakeets for a naturalistic look.

Pros

  • Offers simple, elegant design
  • Lightweight materials allow for natural movement of the fabric
  • Perfect for Spring and Summer

Cons

  • Some would prefer a more traditional style
  • Does not come with matching face mask like the title implies

Folding Leg Japanese Table Set

Looking for something with a modern twist? The budget-friendly LifeHe Kimono tapers right at the waist like a cardigan, yet boasts the look and fit of a traditional kimono. The double-layer polyester fabric is sufficiently lightweight for a smooth, silk-like feeling on the skin.

The kimono is available in two patterns: black floral fabric with red cherry blossoms or an all-white fabric with pink cherry blossoms. On both, an illustrated koi fish decorates the back for a striking look.

Pros

  • Cardigan fit is great for informal settings
  • Great for casual outdoor wear
  • Polyester fabric is soft yet inexpensive

Cons

  • Should only be washed through hand-washing
  • Colors may fade over time with frequent sun exposure

Haorun Men's Japanese Kimono

Made from a delicate cotton blend, the Haorun yukata is perfect for warmer seasons. The kimono features a slimmer profile, yet flows very well upon movement.

The slightest wind picks up the back of the kimono, revealing the pattern of birds in flight. This black yukata is designed for informal wear indoors, use as a bathrobe, or for hot summer days.

Pros

  • Mid-calf length is perfect for outdoor trips
  • Unique pattern emphasizes the movement of the back of the robe
  • Cotton-polyester blend offers thinnest, most lightweight feel

Cons

  • Sizes run on the small side – buyers beware!
  • Not fit for winter wear

The Ins and Outs of the Male Kimono

Materials Used in Men’s Kimonos

Kimonos and the obi belts used to tie them are made from many distinct types of fabric. Linen, silk, hemp, crepe, wool, and cotton are all popular varieties.

When purchasing a kimono, the materials used are the best insight you have into the quality.

On the less expensive end, 100 percent polyester is used to mimic the movement and feeling of silk. Often, a cotton-polyester blend is employed to give the kimono more weight.

Hemp and linen kimonos are the easiest to take care of. Featuring a cooling texture, these kimonos are great for the warmer season and can usually be machine washed. Keep in mind that these materials are not suitable for formal events.

Though it’s decreased in popularity, wool kimonos can still be found. Wool kimonos are great for winter and retain their shape very well.

Still, when it comes to a kimono, pure silk is second to none in terms of quality and comfort. Curiously, silk is cooling in the summer and keeps you warm in the winter – that’s why it’s often referred to as a “second skin”. High-quality silk kimonos can be a lifelong (or even intergenerational) investment.

Types of Men’s Kimonos

There’s a bunch of different types of kimonos for men to choose from. Probably the most well known is the casual light summer attire yukata. This is probably because you see this type of Kimono around so much at festivals or at onsen bath towns in Japan.

Others include: 

Iromuji 

Patternless Kimono that can have house insignias printed on them to be used at formal occasions. They can be worn as everyday wear. They are also der rigour at tea ceremonies because they are considered understated enough to not clash with any decorations or utensil patterns involved in the ceremony.

Samue

Pants and jackets sets that are often used as work wear for artisans etc.

Jinbei

Light jacket and short sets that are breezy garments for hot days or for after the bath. Check out the Japanoscope Jinbei guide here.

Happi

Jackets that are often used for festive occasions and may have writing on the front lapels advertising a team, house, company etc.

Hanten

Hanten jackets are popular house ware, especially in their warm winter coat variety. I personally live in my hanten jacket throuout the colder months. They are very popular for children also. See the Japanoscope Hanten page here.

Tsumugi

A woven silk garment. These have the high quality and durability of silk but are not as silky or flashy. They are popular due to their more subtle, refined nature. They are often so well made and long lasting that they are passed down from father to son to be worn by a whole new generation. 

Montsuki

“Montsuki” literally means “crested” and denotes a kimono with some kind of family or house crest. These are considered the most formal Kimono and are usually worn with a full length under robe “Nagagi” and a pair of pants called “Hakama”. This sort of attire is commonly worn for weddings or formal ceremonies.

Male kimonos can also be divided by material. Silk kimonos are generally reserved for special occasions, while thicker clothes (like cotton) are suitable for lounging.

 

A diagram of Japanese men's Kimono from informal to formal (left to right)

What Are The Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Kimonos?

Men’s and women’s kimonos differ significantly. Typically, women’s kimonos feature more vibrant colors, patterns, and fold varieties, while the traditional male kimono is usually subtle in color. Brown, black, gray, and navy blue are all common variations.

Additionally, the belt used to hold the kimono together, also known as the obi, is distinct for men. While kimonos geared for women feature thicker obi, male kimonos’ obi are thinner and less decorative.

Traditionally, male kimonos designed for less formal occasions were brighter in color and may have featured simple patterns. Today, there’s no shortage of male kimonos with ostentatious, complex, and vibrant colors.

You might notice that women have much more to choose from when selecting a new kimono. The reason is simple: More women demand kimonos than men, especially for formal events like graduations and weddings. This divide came about some time in the Meiji restoration when Japan went through a rapid transition to westernisation. Men were very much expected to “move with the times” while women were expected to be more “traditionally decorative”.

What is a male kimono called?

There are many names for different types of male kimono including yukata, montsuki, samue, jinbei, happi, hakama etc. “Kimono” literally just means “clothing” so if you think of the range of different types of clothing that exist in contemporary western culture, you will find that just as many different types and categories exist within Kimono.

What do men in Japan wear?

Contemporary Japanese men wear very similar clothing to contemporary Western men. They also have the option of wearing a range of different Kimono such as yukata, montsuki, samue, jinbei, happi, hakama etc. either in combination with Western clothing or independently.

Do males wear kimonos? Can a man wear a kimono?

Yes, throughout most of Japanese history Kimono is all Japanese men wore. Japanese men still wear kimono in a range of contexts, mostly anywhere that involves traditional Japanese culture, such as ceremonies, at temples, around bath houses, taking part in traditional crafts and performances.

Can you wear kimono with western clothes?

Yes, go for it Many Japanese and non-Japanese people have experimented with combining Western and Japanese clothing, coming up with all sorts of interesting combinations. 

Black Dragon Men's Kimono Haori

The JEArtGallery kimono certainly makes a great first impression. Featuring a white dragon on the back and delicate koi fish on the front, the black kimono is a statement piece.

 

The delicate robe is made from lightweight, flowy materials that emphasize movement. It’s finished with an open-front fit and three-quarter length sleeves. Moreover, it can easily be layered over clothing for colder seasons or worn as-is for warm weather.

 

Pros

  • Comes with a thick polyester-blend belt for closure
  • Three-quarter sleeves offer a broad, oversized opening for the forearms
  • Larger fit kimono can easily be layered over thick-knit winter clothing
  • Comes in several different unique patterns featuring white dragons

Cons

  • Some might prefer more traditional Japanese kimono designs
  • Only offered in cardigan length fit

Black Dragon Men's Kimono Haori

Sourced from pure linen with a natural silk belt, you’d be hard-pressed to find something more comfortable than the ChinatamaniAlchemi kimono. This Bohemian-style kimono is shaped akin to a classic yukata, yet is set apart by its asymmetric tunic fit.

 

The kimono features a wide belt and is offered in shades like dusky pink, classic black, and silver-gray. The pure linen material is ideal for days spent on the beach or out around town.

Pros

  • Offered in several different shades
  • Made from breathable linen and silk
  • Asymmetric fit offers many different styling options from cafen to yukata, kimono, or tunic

Cons

  • Some may prefer more traditional Japanese kimono look, fit, and feel
  • Linen material retains wrinkles, unlike classic silk kimonos

Black Dragon Men's Kimono Haori

Sourced from pure linen with a natural silk belt, you’d be hard-pressed to find something more comfortable than the ChinatamaniAlchemi kimono. This Bohemian-style kimono is shaped akin to a classic yukata, yet is set apart by its asymmetric tunic fit.

 

The kimono features a wide belt and is offered in shades like dusky pink, classic black, and silver-gray. The pure linen material is ideal for days spent on the beach or out around town.

Pros

  • Offered in several different shades
  • Made from breathable linen and silk
  • Asymmetric fit offers many different styling options from cafen to yukata, kimono, or tunic

Cons

  • Some may prefer more traditional Japanese kimono look, fit, and feel
  • Linen material retains wrinkles, unlike classic silk kimonos

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve got something out of this little exploration of the world of the male kimono.  If you’re in the market for to buy some men’s kimono garments, it really does depend on what you’re looking for. But personally I like the men’s linen options from Newchic. Made from 100 percent cotton, the kimono is cheaper than its silk counterparts yet doesn’t skimp on quality. The full-length kimono is handcrafted by artisans from Kyoto. The simple pattern is good for use in casual settings or combining with other clothing items. Here’s to the continued varying history of the mighty! Also check out the Japanoscope Jinbei page if you are interested in finding out more about the summery jacket-and-shorts type kimono. If you are interested in making your own, have a look at the Japanoscope fabrics page.  

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How To Choose The Best Hanten Jacket or Chanchanko

Hanten Jackets

半纏

I’ve got a confession to make. In winter, I almost never remove my hanten. Maybe I feel the cold more than most, but I tend to have slippers on my feet and a blanket over my legs much of the time. But what to put on the top? Well, the cotton stuffed hanten Japanese jacket is the answer!

 

I’ll go into the details of how you can chose a good hanten below but if you just want to see my favorite hanten that are available online here they are.

#1 Men's Hanten - Striped Watanosato Traditional Hanten

If you’re looking for a classic men’s traditional hanten, this Watanosato our is hard to beat.

Pros

  • Plenty of padding/insulation = super warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Two pockets
  • large size
  • non-slippery inside

Cons

  • Design maybe too understated for some

#1 Women's Hanten Watanosato Traditional Hanten

This is a classic traditional hanten from Watanosato, with striking rich colors.

Pros

  • Plenty of padding/insulation = super warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Two pockets
  • non-slippery inside
  • Made In Japan

Cons

  • May be too traditional for some

#1 Kid's Cute Sugarajino Hanten

This is a classic traditional hanten from Watanosato, with striking rich colors.

Pros

  • Plenty of padding/insulation = super warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Two pockets
  • non-slippery inside
  • Made In Japan

Cons

  • May be too traditional for some

What is a Hanten Jacket?

What’s so good about the Hanten?

A Hanten is a type of Japanese jacket or vest. Hanten are most commonly associated with thick winter Japanese jackets that are stuffed with cotton and most commonly worn as warm house-wear. They are strongly associated with being clothing of the everyday folk, in contrast to the Haori style jacket, which was traditionally worn by people of higher status in Japan.

The term “Hanten” can be used as a general term for Japanese jackets, including the sub-type of “Happi”. Sleeveless hanten are also called “Chanchanko”.

 
Hanten Japanese Jacket Chanchanko

Well, as my partner once said to me, wearing a hanten is kind of like wearing a futon (in the Japanese sense of the word, meaning bedding). In the colder months, I literally wear my hanten jacket from morning to night, every day of the week. If it’s a cold night, I even wear it to bed – which is not uncommon in Japan. The Hanten is one versatile piece of clothing. It’s most closely associated with around-the-house wear in Japan, but you can also wear them out, or as pajamas. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.

Types of Japanese Jackets - Hanten, Happi, Haori?

There is a lot of overlap between what gets called a hanten, a happi and a haori. This is true to some extent even in Japan, but you’ll find that in particular outside of Japan people tend to get, ahem, a little loosey goosey with the nomenclature (as is true with many Japanese objects).
Until the Edo period, a Happi was a Haori that was worn with a turned up collar and a Hanten was a garment that was worn to protect from the cold. In the Edo period, strict rules around which classes of people could wear types of clothing came into effect. Only people of high social standing could wear Haori, characterised by the folded up collar, while lower classes wore the non folded-collar hanten or happi. Hanten and haori also have differently shaped sleeves.
A haori is more commonly worn over the top of kimono, while hanten and happi are more commonly worn directly over underclothes or a shirt.
Adding to the confusion is the fact that a Happi can also be referred to as a Shirushi Banten (Banten being a slight variation on the word hanten, and shirushi meaning “symbol”). Confusing right? These Japanese jackets commonly have business symbols or insignias on them and can be seen at festivals and or festive business or shopping events.

What Types of Hanten Japanese Jackets are there?

There are three main lengths of winter-style hanten; long sleeve, mid length sleeve (Yakko) and sleeveless (Chanchanko).

Long Sleeve 長袖

Long sleeves are obviously the warmest option. If you are looking for something that is the closest to feeling like you are wrapped up in a blanket (without having to drag around a blanket with you), then this is the one. 

The drawback is that cotton filled hanten Japanese jackets are very bulky. I find that I am constantly accidentally knocking things over when I wear them, and this is going to be most pronounced in a long sleeve Hanten. So if you think you are going to be wearing your hanten for anything work or task related, like cooking in the kitchen, or doing arts and craft, then this is probably not the best option. If you just want something to keep you warm when you’re lounging around watching the TV, this is the one.

 

Mid-Length Sleeve 半袖

The mid-length sleeve hanten has its own name, the “yakko”. This is the hanten / chanchanko I recommend for most people. You get most of the warmth of the long sleeve, and most of the utility of a sleeveless type in these mid-point hanten. That being said, I find even wearing the mid-length sleeve, I still inadvertently knock things off benches and surfaces from time to time due to the sheer bulk of the stuffed fabric hanten. But, generally speaking I still find it fine for cooking or doing most simple work-related tasks.

 

Short Sleeve 袖なし型(ちゃんちゃんこ)

The short sleeve hanten is popular for children, because they leave the hands free to get dirty. They are great for anyone that is looking for some extra body warmth while they are carrying out tasks with their hands, including cooking.

These Japanese vest chanchanko were very popular with Japanese people from the previous generation, so they are also considered quite nostalgic and associated with older people.

Now you’ve got all the info you need to embark on your quest for the perfect Jimbei. We’ve searched across the internet to find a selection across a range of outlets:

Where to buy a hanten?

There are several places that sell hanten Japanese jackets and Japanese vests online. Below are links to the hanten pages on the top major retailers.
Amazon
Etsy

Japan Store
Ali Express

We’ve got more general info about hanten construction below.

Recommended Men's Hanten

#2 Men's Hickory Hanten

This Hanten screams style and sophistication.

Pros

  • Fine Quality Padded Cotton
  • Beautiful 100% outer cotton fabric
  • Standard Padding: 70% cotton, 30% polyester

Cons

  • Non traditional colors

#3 Men's Super Colorful Watanosato Hanten

This hanten makes a STATEMENT!

Pros

  • Well made.
  • Reputable brand – Watanosato
  • Standard Padding material mix: 70% Desi Cotton, 30% polyester
  • Comfortable inner materials

Cons

  • Two over the top for some!

#4 Patchwork Sugurajino Hanten

This design harks back to the “working class” nature of the hanten in beautiful way

Pros

  • Unique patchwork design
  • Quality fabric
  • 90% cotton, 10% polyester
  • Pocket

Cons

  • Only one outside Pocket

#5 Men's Insignia Hanten

This one has a large Chinese Character on the back in the style of a “Montsuki ” 紋付きor “Shirushi Banten” 印半纏.

Pros

  • Distinctive insignia design
  • Classic understated blue
  • Cotton Blend Materials

Cons

  • Not Japanese made

Recommended Women's Hanten

#2 Women's Multi-Pattern Watanosato Hanten

This “patchwork kimono” style hanten is cute and feminine without being over the top.

Pros

  • Tasteful patchwork patern
  • All cotton outside
  • Well padded and warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Pocket
  • Made in Japan

Cons

  • Relatively short sleeves not as warm as longer sleeves (but better for doing work related tasks)

#3 Women's Reversible Watanosato Hanten

Why have just one lush pattern to wear when you could have two?

Pros

  • Tasteful patchwork patern
  • All cotton outside
  • Well padded and warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Pocket
  • Made in Japan

Cons

  • Relatively short sleeves not as warm as longer sleeves (but better for doing work related tasks)

#3 Floral Long Sleeve Hanten

If you are looking for something that is feminine and provides maximum warmth with a full arm length, this is a great choice.

Pros

  • Stunning, traditional floral design
  • Long arm length is very warm
  • Soft yet durable materials
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Two pockets
  • non-slippery inside
  • Made In Japan

Cons

  • Long arm length can make it hardto do work based tasks.

#4 Tropical Hanten

A sunny, tropical twist on the hanten with innovative design features such as inner pockets for placing heat packs.

Pros

  • Unique tropical design
  • Two inner pockets for putting “kairo” heat packs
  • Polyester and Cotton materials.

Cons

  • Not Japanese made

#5 Sleeveless Hanten Japanese Vest

If you want a hanten that keeps the body warm while leaving your arms free to move, unenumbered by the bulky cotton padding, this sleeveless hanten is a good option.

Pros

  • Arms free to do work tasks such as cooking
  • Plenty of padding/insulation = super warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Two pockets
  • Made In Japan

Cons

  • No sleeve model not as warm as long sleeve

Recommended Kid's Hanten

#2 Kid's Spotted Hanten

Traditional Japanese spotted design for boys or girls

Pros

  • Tasteful patchwork patern
  • All cotton outside
  • Well padded and warm
  • Quality workmanship
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Pocket
  • Made in Japan

Cons

  • Relatively short sleeves not as warm as longer sleeves (but better for doing work related tasks)

#3 Kid's Soft Short Sleeve Hanten

100% cotton outside kids hanten with short sleeves to keep your toddler or young child warm

Pros

  • 100% cotton
  • Soft materials for sensitive kid’s skin
  • Standard 70% cotton, 30% polyester padding inside
  • Two pockets
  • Short sleeves keep children’s hands free

Cons

  • Only one color option

#4 Kid's & Baby's Tassled Hanten

One of a kind hand-crafted hanten

Pros

  • One of a kind hand crafted item
  • Distinctive tassel string
  • Deep muted tones
  • All cotton outside

Cons

  • Polyester inside

What are Hanten made of?

Most hanten are either made of cotton or a synthetic material such as polyester. 

Cotton

Cotton is great for warmth and softness of touch. You will pay more for items made completely from natural materials though.

Synthetic Materials

Synthetic materials tend to allow more striking printed patterns. And polyester is cheaper. For the majority of hanten, you find that they will be a combination of cotton and polyester, with 70% cotton, 30% polyester being something of an industry standard. 

Silk

Some very high end items are made of silk, but these are fairly uncommon. Silk is a material associated with wealth and opulence, and the hanten is considered a garment of the people, which probably explains while silk hanten are harder to find.

What does hanten mean in japanese?

The “han”半 from the word “hanten” means half, and refers to the length of the sleeves being half length. The “ten” 纏 simply refers to something that is worn. 

Reading The Tag

The tag above reads:

表地 Front Material 綿 Cotton 100%

裏地 Rear material 綿 Cotton 100%

中わた Inner Padding 綿 Cotton 70%

ポリエステル Polyester 30%

Who wears hanten in japan?

Hanten are worn widely by women, men and children. The hanten is considered a garment of the working classes, because of its history of being worn by people that were not considered high class enough to wear a haori.

In their unstuffed-with-cotton form, you’ll see them at festivals and with business names or other promotional writing written vertically down the inner hems.

In their stuffed-with-cotton form, they are basically worn by anyone who doesn’t like being a cold and doesn’t want to drag a doona around with them everywhere they go.

Children's kids hanten Japanese jacket
Kid's Hanten

How to wear a hanten

A hanten can be worn over the top over most garments. They are large items that tie simply at the front with a short string, so they are flexible. In recent times, younger people in particular have been wearing hanten in combination with just about any kind of western clothing you can think of, so you don’t need to get caught up too much in looking for the “correct” way to coordinate. You can get a few ideas here.

You can even find hanten that are somewhere between a jacket and a traditional garment.

How to care for a hanten

Caring for a hanten is somewhat similar to caring for a futon – they need to be aired and dried out from time to time. Every one to two weeks it is best to find a sunny morning and hang them out in the light for an hour or two. 

How to clean hanten

Generally speaking, hanten don’t take well to being washed in a machine. Depending on the garment, it may be possible to put your hanten in a net and machine wash. But you run the risk of having the padding inside the garment come out through the seams if the cycle is too rough. For most cases, it is better to wash by hand, smooth out any creases and let it dry out in the sun.

If you’re looking for something to wear in the summer months, check out our guide to Jinbei here.

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