60th birthday = need a red hat!
January 31, 2013 9:40 AM Subscribe
For a 60th birthday, it's an old Japanese tradition to dress the celebrant in a special red hat and vest
(Here's a bonus picture of a cat in said attire
). Where can I get a hold of the hat and vest in the U.S. (or some kind of reasonable approximation)?
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My family is Japanese-American, and we're throwing my dad a kanreki/special 60th birthday party this year. He's mentioned in the past that he would kind of like the whole red hat deal, so now I'm on the hunt. I found a few places online that sell the hat and vest, but I'm not super keen to spend the >$200 I've been seeing to ship them over from Japan. I know for a fact that my dad won't care about the quality, only the symbolism of the clothes. I'm not that far from New York, and my family is in L.A., so it seems like there should be closer/cheaper options. I knit, so I've thought about knitting him a comically oversized red beret, but I'm not sure if that visually translates. I'm open to alternatives than the totally traditional set, but it seems like it really should be more than just plonking a Red Sox cap and valet vest on him.