Making Japanese geta traditional Japanese footwear - with
Today I take a look at my pair of Geta (下駄)! These were bought in Iga city (伊賀市), the home of ninja, in a little family run geta shop not far from Iga station.
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Geta (下駄) are a form of traditional Chinese-Japanese footwear that resemble both clogs and flip-flops. Geta were invented by the Chinese and then introduced to Japan. They are a kind of sandal with an elevated wooden base held onto the foot with a fabric thong to keep the foot well above the ground. They are worn with traditional clothing such as kimono or yukata, but (in China and Japan) also with Western clothing during the summer months. Sometimes geta are worn in rain or snow to keep the feet dry, due to their extra height and impermeability compared to other footwear such as zōri. When worn on water or dirt, flip-flops may flip dirt or water up the back of the legs. This does not tend to happen with Geta.
Geta are made of one piece of solid wood forming the sole and two wooden blocks underneath. These blocks may have a metal plate on the section that touches the ground in order to lengthen the life span of the Geta. A V-shaped thong of cloth forms the upper part of the sandal.