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Aizu Paulownia Geta
The Highest Paulownia Geta Made in Fukushima
Date:06, Apr, 2016
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Kurosawa Paulownia Shop is a long-established one which has created their paulownia clogs in Fukushima since 1912. Aizu region in Fukushima has been well-known for the high-quality paulownia called “Aizu Paulownia.” They use the great woods and build the highest paulownia geta.



From Showa period to Heisei, Japanese have tended not to put on traditional wooden clogs, using Western-style shoes instead. Even the highest ones, Aizu Paulownia Geta cannot be unconnected to the current. It is said that the production quantity has been on the decrease.

It means that the companies which produce Aizu Paulownia Geta also have decreased. Rarely, Kurosawa Paulownia Shop consistently, from felling to finishing, deals with the woods. We can feel their deep attachment that says they have not to uproot something good.

Not just on making up wooden clogs. First of all, they need to have eyes to take in what paulownia is good for geta. The woods have each character and then, they must have knowledge, experiences and application. No one will win against their history.



The first question held by the kimono beginners, by the way, must be “What is difference between zori and geta?” Different is the scene to use. You can put on wooden clogs to yukata and informal kimonos. However, it is no good when you wear formal ones. You’d better remember zori are higher than geta on formality. Also, you can wear tabi for putting on geta.



※Photo: Kurosawa (Upper)


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