Fashion Begins on the Feet with Showy Tabi!
—A visit to Onoya Sohonten, a long-established tabi store—
Recently more and more young people can be seen strolling around such sightseeing spots as Asakusa and Kamakura in kimono. Apparently rental kimono businesses are doing well too. Among young Japanese, there seems to be a growing awareness that Japanese attire is trendy.
When dressing in Japanese costumes, people wear not socks but tabi on their feet. With socks, only the ankle part is visible when shoes are put on. But tabi can be seen almost entirely all the time, even when zori (traditional Japanese sandals) are worn. Hence the importance of tabi in the overall coordination of Japanese wear.