"Neko" is a traditional winter jacket made and worn by people in Nagiso town for generations.
This sleeveless jacket that keeps your back warm while still freeing up your arms was created for Nagiso town’s craftsmen and women. This is ideal for them as they can stay warm while engaging in traditional crafts, such as lathed woodcrafts and cypress weaved hats.
This “neko” is still made by hand, following each family’s own form and method passed down from generation to generation. Therefore, the shape and method of each neko are slightly different. It is so warm and comfortable; you will even forget you are wearing it!
Choose your perfect “neko” from a variety of patterns and materials.
The origin of the name “neko (also means ‘cat’ in Japanese)” is not clear. Some say it came from “nenneko hanten (Japanese jacket for mothers and babies). Others say, “it’s because people who wear it have a round back like a cat when they are working,” or “because it’s warm like a cat.”
We hope you will try Nagiso Town’s beloved “neko”!