Sakutō Town Black Sashiko Japanese Firefighter Jacket

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This cotton hikeshi-banten (fireman jacket) is modeled after Edo era (1603-1867) fireman's uniforms. They would have been soaked in water before fighting a fire. Now they are mostly worn by fire brigade members to events, demonstrations, and festivities.

This jacket dates to mid-late Shōwa era (1926-1989). It was from the town of Sakutō, which no longer exists, as it was dissolved and merged with other towns in 2005.

It features faded black sashiko cotton with a red stripe across the shoulders and two white stripes across the middle. The jacket as a weight to it, but is soft and comfortable to wear. The graphic look is great with jeans and perfect as a Spring & Autumn jacket. Since it is an open jacket, I like to wear mine over a black hoodie. 

  • Unisex
  • Reads 'Sakutō' on back
  • Front reads 'Fukuyama Branch Member' and 'Sakuto Town Fire Department'
If you would like to close the jacket, I would recommend a flat woven black obijime belt, available in our accessories section.

Measurements taken flat.

Width 24" (61cm)
Length 29.5" (75cm)
Sleeve Width 13" (33cm)
Sleeve Length 9.5" (25cm)

Would best fit a Women's Medium (slightly oversized) to Large. Men's Small (slightly oversized) to Medium.

This item is available to try on in our Brooklyn boutique.

Excellent vintage condition, with only minor typical wear.

Dry cleaning recommended