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Gujo-Mokuri

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.

Gujo festival dance

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.

Gujo dancing Geta

Timbre = Japanese Cypress
Cypress geta can make lively sounds because of its heavy weight compared to paulownia wood or cedar which typically used for.
All-night Dance = Jointless
Gujo-Mokuri is carved out from a block of cypress to be strong enough to withstand 32 nights dancing in a row and to keep playing rhythmical music of steps.
Style = 5cm height
The height makes dancers’ movements more beautiful and more stylish.

Yuto Morohashi, a master craftsman

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.

Original thongs

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.

Tenugui thongs

Tenugui (a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton) is an essential item for Japanese summer festival as well as geta. Tenugui thongs are collaborated with Takara Gallery which gives demonstration of silk screen printing and you can print your own Tenugui. Wear with matching Tenugui for extra fun.

TAKARA GALLERY

Indigo-dyed thongs

Watanabe Dyer has preserved 430-year tradition of the method of hand-dyeing with ferment indigo leaves. Indigo-dyed thongs grow more comfortable with wear, and as with most classics, a little patina only adds to their timelessness.

TAKARA GALLERY

Embroidery thongs

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.

石徹白洋品店

Company info

  • Gujo waribashi Co., Ltd.
  • Yuto Morohashi, Director of Geta Division
  • Direction of planning, manufacturing and sales
  • Address: 1243 Meiho-Otani, Gujo city, Gifu 501-4301, Japan
  • Phone: +81-5705-87-2411
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Contact

gujomokuri@gmail.com

Media

  • 2014
  • Aug. 18 Mimi-kara Gokkun, Gifu-chan Radio
  • Jul. 31 Yoridori! , CBC Radio
  • Jul. 24 Mino-Hida Joho-kyoku, NHK Gifu TV
  • Jul. 22 Odorigeta no Shokunin, GUJO+ Magazine
  • Jul. 20 Gifu Newspaper
  • Jul. 9 Chunichi Newspaper
  • Jun. 29 PS Sansei, Chukyo TV

Shop list

Kanto
Otsuka-gofukuten, Shinjuku LUMINE
Kansai
Otsuka-gofukuten, Kyoto
Otsuka-gofukuten, Kobe
Tokai
Gujo Mokuri, Flagship store
Itoshiro Yohinten
Sakai store, TOKYU HANDS

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