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hap·pi coat

A short, lightweight Japanese jacket or robe having wide straight sleeves and an open front, often fastened with ties.

[Japanese happi, alteration of earlier hampi : han, half (from Early Middle Chinese panh) + -pi, combining form of hi, arm (from Early Middle Chinese pjiəh, pjih), perhaps influenced by Japanese happi, a cloth placed by a monk over a chair while performing a memorial service, from earlier Japanese hafuhi : hafu, dharma (Modern Japanese ) + hi, a kind of garment.]
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Jenkins, wearing a blue happi coat, smiled and shook hands with shoppers as he handed them Koshihikari rice and Okesa persimmons, a specialty of Sado.
In the welcoming ceremony, Japanese boys wore happi coats, Japan's traditional workman's short coat, and beat ''wadaiko'' drums while girls clad in kimono performed dances and played 13-stringed horizontal ''koto'' harps.
Kids dressed in happi coats and kimonos are irresistible, as is the smell of chicken teriyaki on the grill.