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shoes, footwear
Kanji 1052

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Synopsis

How did Japan come to make shoes from straw and wood? Why is the "leather" radical all but useless in 靴? How can you say "break in shoes," "tie shoelaces," and "wear two hats (actually shoes!)" in Japanese? How can "red shoes" not be shoes, and who in Japan famously wore red shoes? How have Japanese shoes indicated status? Find out all of these answers and much more!

Revision history:

July 18, 2014: Changed a link and some surrounding text in the photo caption on p. 6.

June 6, 2014: Originally published.

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