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The happi (or hapi/happi coat) is a type of Japanese coat similar to the haori which first appeared in the Edo period.

A group of Japanese women at a festival wearing happi coats.

Difference between Haori and Happi

During the Edo period, while the haori was exclusively worn by the chōnin (Japanese upper-class), the happi was regarded as a worker's or artisan's jacket, and was worn as a uniform by firefighters and house servants, with a mon (emblem/crest) on the back to indicate the family or organization they belonged to.

In modern Japan, the happi is usually only worn at festivals.