Sukajan - Saito Musashibō Benkei Embroidery Sz 42

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Bought in a market in Tokyo. Heavy embroidery depicting the legend of Seven Lucky Gods* on one side and Saito Musashibō Benkei** on the other. The fabric weight and embroidery quality are more substantial than the typical plasticky sukajan. Reversible and padded.

*The Seven Lucky Gods or Seven Gods of Fortune (七 福神, shichifukujin in Japanese) are believed to grant good luck.

**Saito Musashibō Benkei (武蔵坊弁慶, 1155–1189), popularly called Benkei and Oniwakamaru, was a Japanese warrior monk (sōhei) who lived in the latter years of the Heian Period (794-1185). He is commonly depicted as a man of great strength and loyalty who slays the giant carp that often causes earthquakes.

Size 42. 100% Polyester / 100% Velvet
Great condition, some pilling on the sleeves.

Shoulder center to sleeve: 27.5"/70cm
Chest: 23"/58.5cm
Length (center back): 23"/58.5cm