This haori (traditional coat) is intended to be worn over a kimono. The jacket is knee-length and reversible. The haori is black on one side with wisteria blossoms painted on both sides of the sleeves in yellow and orange; the leaves are green and maroon. The front features a similar design on the lower part in the same colors, with the addition of one blue bunch. The other side, the lining, is pale green with a 12-inch border at the bottom in black. The flowers depicted include pale roses; lavender chrysanthemums; orange, blue, and lavender daisies with green leaves; and orange wisteria. The Tokugawa family mon (crest), called the maruni mitsu aoi, is printed on the center of the back, on the sleeves, and on the front.
A haori is a short jacket that is typically worn over a kimono. Originally worn by men, haori became acceptable for both sexes to wear during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Haori are occasionally mistaken for happi coats; the two are similar in design but happi are usually made of cotton and are intended for festivals rather than as outerwear.
A mon (also known as a kamon) is a Japanese family crest. Similar to coats of arms in the European tradition, a mon identifies a specific individual, family, or group/guild. Mon are usually found decorating clothing, armor, weapons, roof tiles, fans, passports, and even food labels.