Woman wearing kanjiki, or snowshoes.Japan Footwear Museum
Woman wearing kanjiki, or snowshoes.
Japan Footwear Museum

Inclement Weather Wear

Snow

Kanjiki

Snowshoes developed in Japan independently of North America where snowshoes are used by many indigenous cultures. These simple lightweight structures were developed for safer, drier journeys across snowy terrain. They follow similar styles and production throughout the island.

Waragutsu

Insulating straw slippers or shoes differ in manufacture and shape according to the region in which they are made.

Fumidawara

These tall rice-straw boots are used to stamp paths around the house after a heavy snowfall.

Fukagutsu

Straw boots in many shapes and heights are called Fukagutsu. They differ in manufacture and shape according to the needs and snowfall in the region in which they are made.

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