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    Best straps for Japanese wooden footwear loved by maiko and geiko

    The Japanese wooden footwear with a round shape on the back (where the heel fits) is called atomaru.  Ordinarily, Japanese wooden footwear, geta, has two short boards to heighten the sole from the ground, but atomaru has a flat sole that gradually inclines from the heel to toe.  Atomaru is the daily footwear for maiko when they go out in the daytime.  For general people, they go well with yukata, the summer kimono.  Choboya opened in 1954 on Hanamikoji Street as a manufacturer and seller of traditional Japanese footwear.  Since then, they have been known for their simple and comfortable Japanese footwear as well as for special high-heel wooden footwear for maiko (okobo).  If you have a chance at Choboya, look at the back of the sole and discover a fine chrysanthemum carving.  Previously, they also displayed the symbol of Mt. Fuji, but unfortunately, no craftspeople remain who can provide this technique today.  The owner of Choboya offers beautiful and classical Japanese footwear for every customer’s choice.  Choose your favorite sole wood and strap, and he will adjust it to perfectly fit to your feet.  The photo is of the atomaru (with white wood; 25,000 yen).

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,August issue,2010


    Name Choboya
    Address Tominaga-cho, Hanamikoji-dori Shijo-agaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-561-5584
    Hours 12:00-22:00
    Closed Sun. & national holidays
    Recommended Special foot wears for geiko and general foot wears are available.