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wolfstargazing:

For those who might have not have seen this yet, this is Yuzuru Hanyu’s skate for Japan last night at the 2014 Olympics.   He scored a 97.98 on this skate, and currently sits in 1st place!

This is one of the best skates I’ve ever seen and I had to share!

A star is born!

japanloverme:

Hi everyone! Here’s a quick lesson about Japanese traditional footwear! ☆*・゜゚・The more you know ・゜゚・*☆ (๑>ᴗ<๑)

A. Geta 
- It’s a type of footwear which is elevated due to practical reasons. It is commonly used to protect one’s feet from getting wet from rainwater or snow. 
- Oval geta for women; rectangular geta for men. ;3

B. Merchant’s Geta
- Higher teeth (elevation), to protect one’s feet from getting dirty/wet from the marketplace / trading area. 

C. Okobo (Geta)
- Special geta meant to be used by geisha-in-training (also called maiko). Red straps represent newbie geisha~ ✿

D. Zōri
- Flat, slightly more formal than geta, usually associated with the kimono (geta —> yukata).

E. Tabi
- Japanese socks with toe separation between big toe and other 4 toes.

F. Jika-tabi (Tabi boots)
- (literally “tabi that contact the ground”) 20th century modified tabi. They are heavy-duty (with rubber soles) and are meant to be used outdoors.

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Did you know that according to Japanese superstition, breaking the thong/strap on one’s geta is considered very unlucky! 

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Sources: http://goo.gl/XA0ybh ; http://goo.gl/V7SOi ;http://goo.gl/Of7mPQ

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о(ж>▽<)y ☆ hope you learned something!  If there’s something about the Japanese cool-ture and traditions you would love to learn more about, please let us know! 

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