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Bowing at a Tea Ceremony
A man in kimono and wearing zori bows to a woman, after handing her a bowl at a demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony.
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Japan

Groom's shoes

A traditional Japanese groom’s outfit reflects an elegant modesty. Attired in sombre black with white, the groom also wears crisp white socks called tabi in humble straw sandals, or zori.

Simple zori are considered an essential accessory for Japanese men while wearing a kimono. Although zori could be made at home, a skilled craftsman would have made finely woven ones such as these. Zori would be worn with white socks called tabi, which feature a bifurcated toe to accommodate the thongs of the zori.