Geta are a type of traditional Japanese sandals that resemble flip flops or clogs. They have unique “teeth,” or pieces of wood attached to the soles and were designed to keep one’s kimono from dragging through the mud or snow. Merchants and sushi chefs often wear extra tall geta to protect their feet from scraps on the floor. In addition to their distinctive appearance, the shoes also make a loud clopping sound due to the heavy solid wood material.
These traditional sandals continue to be a highlight of today’s Japanese culture. Many name-brand designers currently transform the traditional wooden model into more Western-inspired footwear, elevating their status as a showstopping symbol of Japan. For casual everyday comfort though, the original shape still holds its position as the must-have geta.
Discovery Kit: Newcomers (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.