This blog is written by Murasaki Japanese Institute, a Japanese school in Tokyo. We are writing this to help foreign people enjoy life in Japan. Please feel free to post any comments and let us know what confuses you about life in Japan. Thank you very much. -- Murasaki Japanese Institute
Monday, March 18, 2013
Please note slippers! （日本ではスリッパにご注意！）
The Japanese take off their shoes
when they up to the house. And they wear slippers for indoor use that are
available. Please do not enter the house with wearing shoes.
Since old times, Japanese houses consist
of tatami rooms. The tatami room means the room carpeted with
straw mat. Japanese people take off their slippers, when entering a tatami
room. In the latest Japan, the life style of the European and American type
increased. So, the rooms which have carpeted on the tatami besides a Western
type living room also increased in number. In that case, it is not necessary to
take off slippers. Japanese people are wearing slippers in rooms other than the
Japanese people change into the
slippers only for a toilet, when going into a toilet. Also, when they are out
of the toilet, they change into slippers for indoor wear again. Because there
are many foreigners forgetting this, please be careful. It is hated by Japanese
people of the house when you come back to the room with wearing the slippersonly for a toilet.
Please respect the lifestyle of
each country, and make many friends who invite you to their home.