I finally went to watch the Shimada Obi Festival today where I took literally hundred of pictures and have to divide this report on of the strangest/unusual festivals in Japan into many parts!
this first part will be dedicated to “Happi/半被”, which could be translated as half coats and which are usually worn at Festivals or special occasions to show to which group you belong!
But there are also purely artistic Happi!
A classical design with a lion!
Another classical happi with a chain motif!
Another classical happi with a prawn motif at the top!
A more artistic happi with a stylized Kabuki Theater Face Painting!
The broken mask of a Goblin/Oni called “Han Ya2 in Noh Theater!
A Dragon in the clouds!
A monk astride a Dragon!
Two beautiful artistic happis!
Let’s have a closer look!
A Phoenix, a Winged Horse/Pegasus and a Turtle in front of a red Mount Fuji!
A Dragon flying around Mount Fuji!
A scene representing a castle with a river, a bridge and a boat in the foreground!
Like a painting of yore!
Part 2 will be about the “faces of men” i met around the Festival!
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4 thoughts on “Shimada Obi Festival 1: Happi-Festival Coats”
Is it me or is this mostly a guy thing?
True! But not always! I’ll show you one though!
I have never seen anything like many of these. Are they individually printed? Quite amazing.
Dera Pat, most of them have been owned for years and sometimes generations! They are very impressive. This is the main reason why I decided to fragment the report!
The “artistic” ones are made of silk incidentally! I don’t know if they are printed individually, but I’ll try and ask to tomorrow. In any case they are very limited!