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Traditional Japanese footwear zori

Suzuki sensei is one of the Japanese teachers at JOI. She lives in the Tochigi area of Japan, which is famous for the town of Nikko, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The area boasts wonderful nature and some of Japan's most treasured shrines and temples. So it is not surprising that Suzuki sensei has chosen to share some traditional Japanese crafts with us in this blog.

You can learn Japanese for free online with this useful learning page. It features both an English translation and the Kanji readings for many of the Kanji. Also to help you to listen to natural Japanese, you can watch the YouTube video and enjoy this wonderful Japanese culture.

Zori Japanese sandals



traditional Japanese footwork




zori sandals


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Zori Japanese sandals

Zori are traditional Japanese sandal-like footwear. Some Zori are made from woven straw rush grass or bamboo bark although are also some made from leather, vinyl and rubber.

Most people wear Zori in combination with kimono but there are some people who wear them casually with western style clothing too. Recently there are some Zori made from old T-shirts and towels, and they have become popular as indoor wear too.

My children wear rush grass Zori when they commute to their kindergarten. All the children at their kindergarten love Zori ! Rush grass is the same material used to make tatami mats, so they are really comfortable when worn barefoot. And because Zori can help train the foot muscles, they are really good for kids.

Please try out wearing Zori Japanese sandals; they are healthy and feel comfy to wear.

履物(はきもの) footwear

わら straw

イグサ rush grass

編(あ)んだ braid; weave

素足(すあし) a bare foot

筋肉(きんにく)が鍛(きた)えられる can train a muscle

履(は)き心地(ごこち) foot comfort

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