Ōkuma Shōkai

Fashion & Accessories in Ueno & Yanesen

Sukajan are silken bomber jackets boldly embroidered, usually with traditional motifs such as cherry blossoms or cranes. They were originally created as souvenirs for American GIs during the Allied Occupation. Several shops in Ameya-yokochō sell them, but Ōkuma Shōkai, whose jackets are made in Japan, is our pick. Look for the awning with 'Art Jaket Okuma' written in English.

Unpadded, off-the-rack jackets start around ¥5000; more substantial pieces, with intricate embroidery can cost anywhere from ¥25,000 to ¥60,000. Ask about customisations and made-to-order designs.


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