The KIN*MIA Omiyage Tee features our Sakura logo on the front left chest, while the back has a traditional scene of the Rising Sun over Fuji-san, a Torii and cherry blossoms below, and the Enso symbol below. Omiyage means “souvenir” in Japanese and is an homage to the Souvenir Jackets (known as sakujan) worn by G.I.s during the post-WWII occupation of Japan.
During the War, American G.I.s began getting Japanese designs embroidered on their jackets as a “souvenir” of their time spent in the land of the Rising Sun. Popular designs ranged from depictions of cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, to Geisha girls in scantily-clad outfits. These jackets, as well as the G.I.’s crewcuts, grew incredibly popular with the Japenese youth by the 1960s — usually connoting an air of counter-culture and rebellion.
The origin of the word “sakujan” is debated: some sources credit it as an amalgamation of the words for “Sky Dragon Jumper” in Japanese, while others say it’s a shortening of “Yokosuka Jumper” — Yokosuka being an area where a significant number of GIs were stationed.