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SUKAJAN / スカジャン: The Coolest Japanese Souvenir Jackets

Japanese Souvenir Jackets or more famously known as the “Sukajan” (Skajang/Skajan) trace their roots during the World War II when the American troops stationed in the Pacific have wanted to have some “memories” or souvenirs of their foreign assignments to bring back home to mainland. It has sort of become a solidarity uniform or remembrance of their posts and service in the war and their comrades with whom they have spent some of the bravest time of their lives. It is said to have originated from Yokusuka in Kanagawa Prefecture where its name is thought to have come from – “Suka” from Yokosuka and “Jan” from the Japanese term Jumper or ジャンパー or jacket in layman’s term. The famous maker of them during that time is the staunch brand, TOYO Enterprises, which still exists until today.

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Nowadays, Sukajans have again invaded the wardrobe and closets of famous pop-artists ranging from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Pharell Williams, Harry Styles and the like – enjoying a massive cult-following among these personalities’ fans. Although this iconic fashion street wear, have been experiencing a more-or-less 5-to-7-year cycle of hyping up and down annals of Street Fashion, for sure, it is here to stay and remain a staunch form and expression of one’s strong inclination and personal statement towards fashion.

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In short, for the avid fan and collector of fashion iconic pieces, more specifically, Japan-orginated ones, having 1 or 2 of these sukajan will definitely pay in the long run as they have become treated like vintage and antique collectibles that is bound for many generations to enjoy. The main reason for this is that, for each lot and design, even until now, makers usually do not make more than 200 pieces of each design including all sizes which explains the rarity and value among them.

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Japanese Sukajan Jackets from Japan Lover Me Store

Secondly, more than just a piece of fashion, the reflect the mood of the time they are made and released. Sukajan these days have design themes DNAs inspired by Edo Period Japonisme Arts and cultural elements like Ukiyoe, Shunga, Maiko/Oiran/Geisha and the modern interpretation of the oriental zodiac signs and similar motifs as well.

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Japan Lover Me Store

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Hello Japan Lover Me friends!

We’ve recently opened our instagram shop at www.instagram.com/japanloverme.store and below are some of our offerings  We’re still on our soft opening so please bear with us until we launch our actual store

We’re currently selling authentic Kimono remake bags (out of obi / kimono textile), unique samurai musha nobori flag remake dresses and bags, vintage and new Japanese skajan jackets and kawaii randoseru bags (both new and second-hand)! We’re still in the process of listing the products so we hope you will wait for the releases! 

If you have suggestions, please feel free to let us know.

By supporting our store, you will be able to help us fund our current and future projects.  Also, you’ll be able to help us create and spread more JapanLove art and information by supporting our artists Little Miss Paintbrush and KITA!

See you on instagram! @japanloverme + @japanloverme.store ^^

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