Everything to know about the Ninja Haori according to Japanese writings
The mystery and ingenuity define the world of ninjas, a key aspect of Japanese history and culture. This article explores an essential element of ninja equipment: the Ninja Haori. More than just a garment, the Ninja Haori symbolizes the cunning and adaptability that characterize these legendary figures.
All about the Men's Haori
The Haori word which comes from Japanese literally meaning feather weaving (feather Ha 羽. Weaving Ori 織)
The Japanese haori is a short knee-length kimono jacket with wide sleeves (see the photo opposite) and is traditionally adorned according to the models of 2,3 or 5 family coat of arms or samurai clan called Mon 紋, Kamon 家紋 or Montsuki 紋付In accordance with Japanese tradition, originally haori is made of hemp, linen or thick silk taffeta of high quality "Habutae" weaving.
The Haori, a symbol of ancient Japan, is inseparable from the world of the Japanese warrior and Ninjutsu. Originally reserved for samurais, it evolved to be embraced by all social classes. In its modern Ninjutsu training version, crafted from sturdy cotton, it provides freedom of movement. Sleeveless or with short sleeves, it is then called "juban."
The Ninjutsu training Haori often displays the crest of the family's clan or school. Practitioners express creativity in the patterns, featuring representations of reptiles, demons, or fantastical creatures from Japanese folklore.
Beyond its traditional and historical aspects, the Haori also offers undeniable practical qualities for martial arts practice. Crafted from sweat-absorbing materials like cotton, it allows training without constraints.
During rank promotions or formal demonstrations, martial artists proudly don the ceremonial Haori. This refined version, made of silk or linen, often showcases personal emblems or the school's crest. As a true martial uniform, the ceremonial Haori elevates the warrior's presence.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fighter, the Haori in all its forms is an essential part of the equipment for any Ninjutsu practitioner. A traditional piece with practical qualities, the Haori also serves as a visual reminder of Japan's martial heritage.