Man’s haori
Silk
Stenciled, with handpainted detail work in sumi and gold paint (?)

Inside this somber, black, five crested formal man’s haori

is a raccoon dog (tanuki)

who cannot hold his liquor (or holds too much of it), but has just left his local liquor store with a full jug.

His tattered parasol

is probably a reflection of his glory days, flecked as it is with gold.

The exterior of this man’s formal haori is all sobriety. The interior, which would only have been seen by very few people, reveals the wearer’s playful side. In Japanese lore, raccoon dogs are often depicted as having a fondness for sake, and it is not uncommon for Japanese clothes, drab to all outward appearances, to have luxurious or otherwise unexpected linings.  This custom dates back to the Edo period, in  reaction to strict sumptuary laws suppressing conspicuous consumption.

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