The city of Gyôda in Saitama Prefecture is proud of being the leading producer of tabi in Japan. The GYÔDA “TABI” COLLECTION has been created to show to everyone this traditional Japanese industry.
The collection is under the spotlight at Japan Expo on the occasion of a style contest matching tabi and today’s fashion. It’s up to you to create your own style with the GYÔDA “TABI” COLLECTION models! There will be a trip to Gyôda to win for the first three contestants!
The contest will be organized is two stages:
- The first organized before the festival: you’ll have to create a style to match tabi and send us a photo. After this stage, 10 candidates will be chosen for the finals.
- The 10 finalists will be presenting their looks on the Sakura stage at Japan Expo 19th Impact.
The contest will be starting in the upcoming weeks: you can already imagine your tabi style before subscriptions open. Follow our news for more!
Tabi (literally, "foot-bag") are a type of traditional Japanese socks. They go up to the ankle or half-calf, with a separation between the big toe and other toes. They are worn with geta or zôri, to go with a kimono or a yukata.
Unlike the socks we’re used to, traditional tabi are not stretchy but made of cotton with a thicker sole. Tabi are white most of the time, especially for formal occasions, but they can also be found in many colors.
The city of Gyôda
Gyôda, in Saitama Prefecture, became a city on May 3, 1949. Sakitama Kofun Park is set in Gyôda, historical ground with large tombs, one of them the Maruhakayama Kofun, one of the biggest tumulus used as a tomb in Japan.
In the Ancient Lotus no Sato Park, many lotus flowers bloom every year from seeds that are several thousands of years old, between 1,400 and 3,000 years. Those flowers a wonderful show every morning from mid-July to the rain season.
Nature and history blend in Gyôda, where you can also go sightseeing, admire the Oshi castle with its restored tower, or streets that will take you back to ancient times.
More about Gyôda: www.city.gyoda.lg.jp