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Help Translating this Hanten and Apron

bmouthboyo

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Hi Guys,

Just back form Japan and had an amazing time. I purchased these two items and curious what the Japanese writting is on them. One is a Hanten from a second hand store and the other an apron from the fresh fish market in Tokyo. Any info appreciated thanks.
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apron
highest quality products
low price shop


hanten
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North

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Group "Ki" (probably from "Kita", meaning "north")
 

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apron
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hanten
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North

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Group "Ki" (probably from "Kita", meaning "north")
Thats great thank you, I don't suppose you know what the Apron image is of in the centre?

And also with the Hanten, any idea who would wear this? I thought these tended to be for government departments such as fire department etc. Is this a team top of some sort?
 

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That's Uchide no kozuchi. The kanji drawn in the center is "fortune". This is a symbol of wealth.
Uchide no kozuchi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Edo Period, or perhaps also early Meiji period, indeed these types hanten were wore by fire department members, but so many groups, for instance shops, use it nowadays.
 
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