Sun Surf Karajishi Botan - Special Edition

The Karajishi Botan shirt by Sun Surf draws inspiration from a late 1930s Hawaiian shirt found in the archives. It was first reprinted in 2001, and after high demand, released again 20 years later as a limited special edition.

The name Karajishi Botan means "lion and peony." The Karajishi is a mythical lion often found as a statue outside guarding Buddhist temples. They are here depicted next to peonies, which in turn guard them from an insect that is the Karajishi's only weakness.

This fabric is made of 100% cotton chintz, or sarasa, a textured fabric often found in komonos. Sun Surf sought to reproduce the details of the original fabric as close as possible, from spinning and weaving, to the wrinkled texture of the shirt. The fabric is narrower than regular shirt fabric, and thus requires two pieces sewn together for the back.

For the print, Sun Surf uses the same historical reactive dyeing found in the Yuzen dyeing technique that prevents one color from combining with another. However, within the two colors, there are natural gradients from light to dark blurred together using a process called Tataki.


  • 100% cotton chintz
  • Coconut button from palm nuts
  • Resist dyeing printing

What it’s made out of

  • 100% cotton chintz

Where it's Made

  • Japan


  • We recommend taking your normal shirt size size for a slim fit or sizing up for a roomier fit
  • Andrew is 5'10" 175lbs and wears a size medium


Size Chest Length Sleeve Shoulder
S 20 25 8 17
M 22 26 8.5 19
L 23 27 8.75 19.5
XL 24.5 28 9.25 21
XXL 26 29 9.5 21.75


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