And the best part? You don’t even need a Ticket to ride to get it!
Japan Airlines (JAL) recently announced that to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the airline, they will reissue a special limited edition happy, the traditional cotton jackets that the Japanese tend to wear at local festivals.
On the surface, JAL’s dark blue and white happi with the company name sewn on the front and ‘kotobuki‘(congratulations / celebration) in red on the back looks pretty docile compared to some of the other happi we’ve seen – is that really what they want to sell to promote 70 years in the business?
However, this particular happiness is sure to have fans of a some Fab Four reach their wallets; John, Paul, George and Ringo – aka the Beatles – got off a plane with the same happi in 1966, when they traveled to Japan to play Budokan in Tokyo.
▼ The image of the four descendants of the plane in their happi remains emblematic to this day.
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ビ ー ト ル ズ が 66 年 に 来日 し た 際 に タ ラ ッ プ で 着 て い た は っ ぴ が 復 刻 で 発 売 さ れ る。 pic.twitter.com/BpwrJEp99B
– KOP (@hisaky_ramone) October 4, 2021
The happi was originally offered to VIP passengers around the world traveling on JAL, but was eventually discontinued. It was reissued in 2016 for a limited time, but only for customers traveling between London and Tokyo, and in addition, customers had to fly first class if they wanted to obtain fabulous happiness for themselves.
Fortunately, it’s a lot easier for Fab Four fans to get the happi replica this time around, as it’s available to purchase for 6,380 yen (US $ 57), which is much cheaper than a first class international ticket.
▼ The happi is one size, 86 centimeters (34 inches) by 68 centimeters (27 inches).
If you are a Fab Four fan and want to get a replica of a piece of Beatles history, the happi can be ordered through JAL’s online store here. And in a country that loves the Beatles as much as Japan, go to karaoke with a group of older Japanese men and one of them is guaranteed to put a song or two of the Beatles. Make sure you get your hands on a merry one before it’s time to say hello, goodbye once again, and if you want to show your true worth as a Beatles fan, maybe you can. wear in that cafe that John Lennon once visited!
Source: JAL via Japaaan
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