Karan Koron カランコロン

geta from HamamatsuyaI’ve been wanting to get a pair of geta (Japanese wooden glogs) and today was the day. I actually received them as an early birthday present!

I went to the same Yanaka Ginza shop–the Hamamatsuya–where I bought a pair of setta sandals last fall. I loved the setta so much, and the owner of the shop was so nice (I’ve stopped in to say hello to her numerous times since then) that this is the only place I will buy my Japanese footwear in Tokyo.

walking Hebi-dōri (Sendagi, Tokyo)The geta that I selected are made of a single piece of kiri (paulownia) wood, which is fairly light in weight, yet hard. It has a beautiful grain, too. I also selected fashionable byakuroku (whitish green) hanao (cloth thongs), which give the geta a fresh, cool look. Perfect for Japan’s hot summer.

I wore the geta around my neighborhood and then to dinner in Nezu. They are quite comfortable, and I love the karan koron karan koron sound that they make as I stroll along.

This makes one recall the Matsuo Bashô (1644-94) poem:

Summer evening / Dawn light comes in the echoes / The sound of geta

Natsu no yo ya kodama ni akuru geta no oto

Hamamatsuya okamisanしばらく前から下駄を買おうと思っていましたが、今日はやっと買いにいけました。というより、少し早めの誕生日のプレゼントに買っていただきました。







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