ASHINAKA are traditional Japanese footwear, and appear in the Kamakura period picture scroll ”Kasuga Gongen Reigenki”, which means that they were already in existence 700 years ago. They are a kind of straw sandals, said to be so named because they are small and only halfway up the foot. The statue of Takamori Saigo in Ueno Park also wears a pair of ASHINAKA. After the Edo period, they were widely used in farming and fishing villages for labor, and even today they are used for cormorant fishing on the Nagara River. Because of their short length, they fit closely to the soles of the feet, preventing pebbles and mud from getting in and preventing slipping.