What day is it today? It's socks day on November 11th.
Hi, I’m Yoko from SUNCHI editorial desk.
On Japanese calendar, each day of the year is assigned to an anniversary from the official one like national holiday and traditional annual event to something personal like birthday and wedding anniversary. Here at “What day is it today? we will introduce anniversaries for goods among hundreds of anniversaries.
Well, what day is it today?
“Socks Day” falls on November 11th.
It has been set to socks day in 1993 by Japan Society Hosiery Association since it looked the number eleven when a pair of socks is placed. Also, as it’s the only day in a year which has double eleven, it is called pair’s day and supposed to give socks each other among couples.
On our old calendar, the day which has the same number of month and day as November 11th was assigned to “sekku” or seasonal festival. On sekku, a time of seasonal change, we make a offering to deity and wish for our health by taking it into us. Rice flour cake for “momono sekku” or Girls’ Festival on March 3rd and rice cake for “tangono sekku” or Boys’ Day on May 5th are the examples. How about taking November 11th as “socks’ sekku” and send socks to your family and beloved ones?
By the way, the place where socks are produced most in Japan is Nara Prefecture. In Nara there was a time of chronic shortage of water and because of that the rice production was low. To make up for it, high quality cotton “Yamato cotton” was produced. And the industry to use of the cotton, weaving and socks production became thriving. I recommend the socks from Nara, where good materials and experienced factories gather.
What kind of socks are you putting on today? It’s getting colder. Please stay warm with socks.
Writer and Photographer:Yoko Sugiura