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What is a geta?

Japan - so amazing country that sometimes there is an impression as though there is it not on Earth, and on some far-out planet. The culture, art, dwellings, food - have absolutely nothing in common with the West. Even footwear at them - and that not as at all.

The traditional Japanese footwear is called of a get and represents quite strange design. The wooden flat platform settles down on two cross bars which are established vertically at a certain distance from each other. On a leg of a get fasten by means of two thongs which are stretched from a heel to forward part of a platform and pass between big and second toes. The get has no division on right and left sandals. Both of them are absolutely identical.

In a form of a get remind a small small bench and most likely will seem to the simple European quite inconvenient. However Japanese since the most ancient times were engaged in a get in the most various affairs, from household chores before military operations, and did not even think to complain and invent more comfortable footwear.

In spite of the fact that a geta are considered as traditional Japanese footwear, they got to Japan from China. First such wooden sandaleta were carried by generally Buddhist monks and simple peasants, as it is not surprising as in a get it is very convenient to be engaged in various cases on economy. For example, to cultivate rice or to collect fruits from trees (and, than the platform was higher, it was more convenient to that to do it). Besides, a geta were irreplaceable in rainy weather and slush. Gradually a geta gained popularity and among aristocrats, however they considerably differed from those who were carried by peasants and simple people. Geta for the nobility were made of expensive breeds of a tree and were decorated in the most various ways (a carving, varnishing, ornaments, drawings, hand bells). And elegant were especially bright female a geta, man`s were more reserved, however not less beautiful and memorable.

Exactly thanks to such unusual footwear at Japanese it was developed enough over time - specific gait therefore still, even wearing the usual standard shoes, they slightly privolakivat legs, shuffle and pigeontoe. Long time in Japan was even considered that the most beautiful female gait is a small tripping steps, in a different way it was heavy to go to a get.

In spite of the fact that a geta in principle are monotonous and similar at each other, however it is possible to determine the social status and an occupation of the owner by them. So the get with the rounded corners is carried by priests or elderly men, nomer of a get (the sandals which are slightly inclined forward) it is possible to see on actors, the get of a strict rectangular shape is put on by men of average years. And here on female the get can be defined age of their owner.

Now Japanese, of course, wear generally modern shoes, however all treat to a get also with respect and use them in traditional actions, such as - a campaign to the temple, a festival of majority or wedding. Besides, the get is carried by Japanese for whom they are necessary as obliges: geishas, actors and actors. Perhaps, sometime the fashion on a get will return again and who knows, maybe, even to us, to Europeans, will be pleasant so unusual obuvka.