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Jika-Tabi translation & ID please

Article about: Good day all, I picked up these Jika-Tabi, nice and cheaply, a few years ago and always assumed them to be a commercial/artisan model, though have recently found a single, and admittedly, cr

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    Good day all,
    I picked up these Jika-Tabi, nice and cheaply, a few years ago and always assumed them to be a commercial/artisan model, though have recently found a single, and admittedly, crudely painted illustration of an apparently similar item, described as Naval Off-Duty Deck Shoes.

    I would imagine such an item would be of far better construction than these, however, and the absence of any military markings is another obvious point against them being an issue garment.

    That aside, I have had no luck in translating the handwritten text inside them (beyond the numbers) and would be very grateful for any help you are able to give.
    Whatever their origin or use, they are a nice bit of handiwork...
    My sincerest thanks, as ever,
    Bob
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    Two different sailors!

    佐徴水四七三九三
    二一 [dunno about this set of numbers!]
    代々木
    Sasebo Draftee Sailor #7393
    21
    Yoyogi s.

    Note:
    = 佐世保; Sa = Sasebo
    山王 (vertically placed) is an abbreviation of (the middle portion)

    ===
    佐徴水一六二八六
    Sasebo Draftee Sailor #16286 k.
    林 浅治
    Hayashi Shoji


    --Guy

    Edit: Originally I thought the first sailor's name was 々木 Sasaki .... but the stroke order did not seem correct for 佐; looked around ... (aha! moment) it is 々木 Yoyogi.
    Last edited by ghp95134; 02-11-2019 at 04:10 PM. Reason: Change from Sasaki to Yoyogi

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    Fantastic!
    Many thanks for your speedy reply and information, Guy!

    Iím amazed (and very pleased, of course), that they really are Navy shoes.
    Naturally, this means Iím going to have to start hunting for a Navy work uniform now...

    Many thanks again,
    Bob

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    Found an image here (if you want the image un-marked).

    --Guy
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    Normally that have rubber sole like that in the picture of Guy

    Jika-Tabi translation & ID please

    Jika-Tabi translation & ID please

    Jika-Tabi translation & ID please

    Jika-Tabi translation & ID please

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    I think tabi in initial post are more below deck slippers

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    Yes, off-duty wear, as I say.
    Clearly not robust enough for active service wear, more like slippers!
    Presumably, with the absence of any military acceptance markings, these may simply have been a permitted private purchase item...
    Nonetheless, I’m extremely chuffed to have them!

    Bob

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    Yes I too am chuffed to own a pair too

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    One of the Ďmust havesí for any Japanese collection!

    Please show yours...

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    2 pairs of the dark blue flax-soled tabi that started the thread were issued per sailor for use in upper deck combat stations, where rubber-soled footwear slipped too easily on blood and oil. Gun stations usually sprinkled sand around their positions for the same purpose.

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