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What is ‘UWABAKI’ ??

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I wrote this article to clear your question about ‘UWABAKI’ in Japan

I would like to explain about ‘UWABAKI’ with mainly two parts.

  • Basic Knowledge of UWABAKI
  • Deep Diving into UWABAKI with answering questions
    • Material
    • Price
    • History
    • Lifetime, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about UWABAKI. And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about UWABAKI, after reading this page.

Basic Knowledge of ‘UWABAKI’

The word, ‘Uwabaki’ originally means generic name of shoes, putting on inside of the building.

In present-day Japanese society, ‘UWABAKI’ is mainly used as school shoes. So currently the word ‘UWABAKI’ means shoes for students to put on inside of the school building.

In some areas, school shoes is called ‘UWAGUTSU’, ‘UCHIBAKI’, ‘ZUKKU’. However, the majority is ‘UWABAKI’.

Basic Knowledge of UWABAKI
  • Shoes to put on inside of the building
  • Currently, it’s mainly for student at School
  • There are different name, while it’s same meaning
    • ZUKKU

Deep Diving into ‘UWABAKI’

I would like to introduce more information about UWABAKI in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily. Please kindly open items what you want to know.


I hope you can clear your question in this part.

UWABAKI is basically with white color. It is specified by schools in most of cases. And in some cases, the color of toe part is also designed by school, based on entering year to the school.

Author’s research

The material of UWABAKI is PVC. In the past, there were UWABAKI made from Canvas. However, currently, Majority is overwhelmingly from PVC.

Author’s research

UWABAKI is available in following places in Japan

  • Shoe Stores
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Home Centers
  • School Stores

Author’s research in Yokohama city

The price of UWABAKI is between range from JPY 700 to JPY1,500, in most of the products. It’s quite rare, however, there are high-end products, whose prize is more than JPY 6,000.

Author’s research in Yokohama city

In entrance hall of the school, there are shoe rack, called ‘GETA-BAKO’. Students put off outside shoes and put on UWABAKI there.

Author’s research

UWABAKI already existed in end of 19th century, in starting educational system in Japan. In 1950’s, design of Uwabaki is getting similar to current style.

Sauce : J-Stage webpage

Lifetime of UWABAKI is basically several month to one year, in most of cases. It’s basically consumable item.

The reasons of replacing UWABAKI are mainly as follows :

  • Damage (Stain, Tear)
  • Outgrowing

Author’s research


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I Hope this article help you to clear your question about UWABAKI.


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