Okinawa Tourism Information:"KarabisaSox",You'llGetAddicted?OkinawaBornSox.

"Karabisa Sox", You'll Get Addicted? Okinawa Born Sox.

post : 2016.08.24 06:00

Akara gallery built by one of the famous artists in Okinawa, "Bokunen Naka" in Chatan-cho. It has original shape and one of the landmarks in Chatan area. Lithographs and woodblock prints are displayed at the gallery. One of the shops in the gallery is "HabuBox" to introduce this time. HabuBox produces T-shirts and other clothes designed with Orion beer, Sanshin(musical instrument), Shisa, and Goya, which represent culture of Okinawa.

It's about a comfortable sox called "Karabisa sox" that HabuBox produces.

Five-toe sox is known for long, but toe portion is cut off? First time I saw that was impressive. Yes! Karabisa sox is five-toe sox that toe portion is opened.

Who was wearing the sox? That's Taichi Nakata, art director of HabuBox. "I have been troubled by sweating so much especially feet bottom. He was discomforted even in summer so he has to wear sox. Wear sox and sandals in summer? Humm, I don't like it. I need sox wearing with sandals, but it must look cool. Then I cut off the tor portion of five-toe sox. This worked, it looks like I'm not wearing sox when with sandals. I wonder "maybe this style is even unstylish? This might help the people who has same trouble if Karabisa sox is produced. That's starting of the sox.

Karabisa means bare feet in dialect of Okinawa. The sox my inferiority complex made fit into the custom of wearing sandals in Okinawa. Sandals are all year goods to wear in Okinawa even in winter. Karabisa fit well with popular sandal, Birkenstock. With Karabisa, sole of the sandals are not sweaty.

The label shows taste of Okinawa as only HabuBox designs.

Gradation color imaged traditional red-tiles.

The design of "Sukugarasu" of non-skid sole.

"Shima banana", "mozuku!"(seaweed), "go-ya", "shima togarashi"(hot pepper), "sukugarasu"(fish), "yanbaru kuina"(Okinawa rail), "gajumaru"(banyan tree) are all icons of Okinawa. Karakasa sox born in Okinawa, awarded Good Design Award in 2014. It was first apparel company to receive the award in Okinawa.

The opened-toe sox started from a man's inferiority complex. It is also popular for women feeling of cold or pregnant women. I actually writing this wearing the sox, feeling so comfortable. It is holding my feet softly and toe feel the air. My toe is still worm even in air conditioned room. Please try this sox even if you don't wear sox in summer or get one for souvenir.

Where to buy Karabisa sox:
Address: 9-21 Mihama, Chatan, Okinawa
Open: 11:00 - 21:00

Address: 9-20 Mihama, Chatan, Okinawa
Open: 11:00 - 21:00

Address: 1-2-4 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa
Open: 11:00 - 21:00

Rycom Aeon mall
Address: 3F of Rycom Aeon mall
Open: 10:00 - 22:00


Where to ask about products
Project core
437-1 Aza-toguchi, Yomitan, Okinawa zip904-0315
Tel: 098-957-1772

Okinawa CLIP Photographer/Writer monobox Tetsumasa and Kozue Kono