A fine Tsumugi-silk man's festival jacket featuring an 'ebi' (Japanese lobster) motif. The undulating white bands are rare: usually such bands are horizontal and straight. Very good condition, with a few small splits in the inner lining, a light stain on the front kanji lettering, as well as two light dirt spots on the rear right sleeve. 50" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 37" height. In Japan 'ebi' is an almost indispensable part of celebrations of auspicious occasions. It is an important symbol of longevity and the bright red colour symbolizes vitality; its bend body is thought to resemble the human body in old age. At New Year they are given together with oranges, ferns and charcoal as a present; in this association they represent the wish that "you may become so old that your body becomes as bent as a lobster"