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Zōri (草履) at golden hour

Posted by
Stu (From Scotland | Working in Kyoto, Japan) on 1 August 2012 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Zōri (草履) are flat and thonged Japanese sandals made of rice straw or other plant fibers, cloth, lacquered wood, leather, rubber, or increasingly, synthetic materials. Zōri are quite similar to flip-flops, which first appeared in New Zealand and the United States sometime around World War II as rubber imitations of the wooden thong sandals long-worn in Japan. Like all Japanese sandals, zōri allow for free circulation of air around the feet, a feature that probably came about because of the humid climate that predominates throughout most of Japan. They are easily slipped on and off, which is important in a culture where shoes are constantly removed and put back on, and where tying shoelaces would be impractical in a tight kimono.


Canon EOS 50D 1/200 second F/2.2 ISO 100 35 mm

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Arash from Brisbane, Australia

What a sensation this creates . . the power within.

1 Aug 2012 5:33am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

powerfull image. By a temple I assume? Love the composition.

1 Aug 2012 5:42am

l'Angevine from France

j'aime beaucoup la lumière sur le bois et aussi sur les tongs

1 Aug 2012 6:40am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super composition

1 Aug 2012 6:49am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice diagonal composition.

1 Aug 2012 9:28am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

What a beautiful composition, and the light is just fantastic! Excellent information as well, Stu.

1 Aug 2012 11:09am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand


1 Aug 2012 2:12pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

I suppose visiting Japan in my DM's isn't a good idea then? ;-)
Excellent photo. I do love the warm light and composition you have chosen.

1 Aug 2012 3:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very elegant pair in that delicious light.

1 Aug 2012 10:40pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very nice Stu.

2 Aug 2012 12:26am

luwi from Innsbruck, Austria

great foto!

3 Aug 2012 8:34am

Jessica from Nanaimo, Canada

Oh my goodness the light, the sandals, the stairs... the colours! LOVE IT!!!

4 Aug 2012 5:13am