A hanten is a traditional Japanese jacket typically worn during the winter months. This is a short coat that is worn daily and has a warm padding or lining of cotton through the body.
As there exist numerous traditional garments in Japan which developed throughout the years, one that remains in use to this day is the Japanese hanten.
Otherwise known as noragi hanten, it is essentially a short coat used during the winters. In the past, there were garments that only the nobles were allowed to wear, which eventually became available to the common people.
The Japanese hanten was worn by the common people in Japan during the Edo period in the 18th century.
The form of the Japanese hanten resembles that of the haori. Whereas some traditional clothing was restricted to only one gender, the Japanese hanten may be worn by equally well by men and women.