I've visited the "Sukajan (Souvenir Jackets) Exhibition"!

Hello everyone! This is HINOYA staff Fujiwara.
I went to the Sukajan (Souvenir Jackets) exhibition at the YOKOSUKA MUSEUM OF ART, which I announced the other day, and I hope I can tell you a little bit about its charms!
Please see the information about the Sukajan exhibition. Click the image below. (Jump to the outside of HINOYA's website.)

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Sukajan exhibition Signboard
The Yokosuka Museum of Art arrived after a bus ride along Yokosuka's beautiful seaside.


Entering the exhibition room first, visitors find a section that introduces the culture and customs of Yokosuka, the U.S., and U.S. soldiers in the past.
Around 1954, Dobuita-street was lined with souvenir stores, gentlemen's clubs, and bars for U.S. soldiers called "Souvenirs", and the entire street was crowded with many U.S. soldiers and related people.
Portraits painted for U.S. soldiers at that time, and handkerchiefs and bags with Japanese-style pictures are on display.

And there are photo exhibits of the E.M. Club (Enliste Men's Club), an entertainment facility for U.S. soldiers with a theater, movie theater, basketball court, beer hall, etc. Many exhibits, such as coins used in the club and photos of the theater, show the bustling atmosphere of the time.

There is also a section that introduces the custom culture of U.S. soldiers, which leads to the Skajan, including patches that were produced at the time and custom sweater jackets embroidered with place names, year, stars and stripes, and other information.

Let's see Sukajan exhibits

In 1951, the bases were gradually eliminated from all parts of the country. At this area, there is the exhibits of vintage Skajans, including dead stock skajans from the collection of MIKASA, which was founded in that year.

And, at the next area, there were many vintage Skajans owned by Toyo Enterprises Co., and I was so engrossed in the descriptions of the age and characteristics. I spent a lot of time looking at them in this area.

Skajans Today

In the next area, many Skajans revived by Toyo Enterprises, Co. as "Taylor Toyo" in the modern age, and works by artists active today that were created using the "horizontal swing embroidery" used on vintage Skajans are on display.
There are some of the embroidered patterns that I found in the vintage Sukajans area, and these are also worth looking at. I recommend that you take the time to look at them as well.

Sukajan Sukajan Customed Sukajans
So many Sukajans made by Toyo Enterprise. It's so impressive, and I'm very impressed.
Sukajan Sea Bees Sukajan Hawk
The Sukajans in the picture are reproductions by Toyo Enterprise, but I also found the original vintage Sukajan with the same patterns. Why don't you try to find them?

After enjoying the museum, I took a 30-minute bus ride back toward Yokosuka station, ate tacos, and ended my trip to Yokosuka.
Although I was not able to go there this time since I didn't have enough time, I recommend that you also visit Dobuita-street and enjoy the atmosphere of the city that you saw at the Sukajan exhibition!

Beautiful Ocean in YOKOSUKA Tacos
It's been a bit like an exploratory journal. At the end of this article, I would like to reintroduce Hinoya's special-order Sukajan.

HINOYA Special-order Sukajan

HINOYA special-order Sukajan Maiko HINOYA special-order Sukajan Maiko
The front part with Maiko embroidery on the back has a dragon and tiger design. The popular "dragon, tiger, and maiko" embroidery is a luxurious embroidery.
\The other side is also totally cool./
HINOYA special-order Sukajan Eagle HINOYA special-order Sukajan Eagle

Price.56,100JPY (with Tax)-
※You can also buy it at some SUNHOUSE stores.

This special-order model features the especially popular Maiko and EAGLE patterns. The "H" embroidery casually placed on the side of each pattern is proof of Hinoya's special order.
For those who want to try Sukajan, or for those who already have a Sukajan but are looking for a rare pattern, how about this special Sukajan?

Cool Skajans will definitely come in the 2023 spring and summer collection. Stay tuned for next year's new stuff!

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