At Gujo-Mokuri, we are committed to handmade traditional getas (Japanese wooden clogs) in order to preserve and PR Gujo geta culture to the world. Our products are made of Japanese cypress grew up in Gujo and its inspiring thongs are made in local region. What Gujo Geta makes famous for is its toughness strong enough to be used as dancing wooden clogs.
The Gujo festival has been loved by the local community as a summer institution for 400 years. It is held for 32 nights from the mid-July to early September every year and gets into full swing during Obon (the spirit of ancestors returns for 4 days). Gugo festival fans from all over the country join all-night dancing over 4 days (Aug.13 to 16). Gujo-Hachiman is filled with lively sound of clip-clopping wooden clogs and Japanese background music.
Born in Owariasahi city, Aich in 1988. Learned woodworking skills at Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture. The beauty of nature, culture and people in Gujo made me move to Gujo after graduating from the academy and knew that geta was no longer made in local which is essential for Gujo dancing. Started Gujo-Mokuri business in 2014. Aim at introduce traditional geta culture in Japan with using local forest resource as forest maintenance to preserve the nature of Gujo which I fell in love with.
Fancy thongs matches not only Kimono style, goes with any kind of clothes as well. The patterns of thongs are printed with silk screen which is one of the local industries in Gujo.
Sashiko is a traditional and distinctive geometric patterns of embroidery characterized by running stitches. Originally used by Japanese farmers especially popular in Tohoku. It was farmer’s wifely work in regions with heavy snowfalls during the winter. Several layers of fabric are quilted together for warmth and durability. The patterns have each meaning prayed for good harvest, health and prosperity. Our hand-embroidery thongs are stitched by Itoshiro haberdasher lives in the village in a mountain valley, deepest in Gujo.