The Sake Barrel Ceremony or better known as “Kagami-Wari” or “Kagami-Biraki” is a Japanese ceremony performed at various celebratory events. During the ceremony, the wooden lid of the barrel or the “kagami” is broken open with a wooden mallet or the “kizuchi”. Afterwards the sake is served in wooden cups called “masu” with a wooden ladle or in Japanese the “hishaku”.
The ceremony represents an opening to good fortune and harmony, therefore often held at
company parties or weddings.
After the sake barrel was opened, the sake is filled with bamboo ladle in the so-called sake Masu. A Masu is a wooden container of varying size that was used in Japan for measuring. The sake Masu are square wooden cups. With a capacity of 180ml, they represent the smallest unit of a Masu.
Nowadays Happi and Hanten are jackets worn in Japan on Japanese festivals and parades, in sushi restaurants or by shopkeepers. Happis or Hanten are called all short to medium length robes. They are available in different colors with a variety of patterns, drawings or symbols.
Happi jackets were worn in the Edo era by firefighters. On most Happis was depicted the brigade characters and simultaneously were imaged striking patterns and clearly readable characters. Soon other professions took over Happis as work clothes, which also highten the feeling of unity on festivals and Parades. In place of the brigade characters Company symbols or congratulatory signs we used. Early 19th Century a trend towards colorful full body tattoos developed in Edo (now Tokyo). These motifs were later transferred to short jackets. Such Hanten were a fashionable accessory in the cities.