Slippers and Shoes
Most Japanese homes are furnished with
One thing you want to make sure to bring to Japan is a pair of shoes that can be easily slipped on and off. Shoehorns are often conveniently placed in many
Line Them Up
After stepping out of your shoes, bend over and line them up neatly, toes pointing towards the door, so that they can be easily stepped into on your way out. (If you do not do this, your hosts will do it for you.) Your hosts will be impressed at the level of cultural sensitivity you possess. Because Japanese people rarely show their bare feet, especially in front of a guest, be sure you wear socks.
Your hosts will have set out a pair of guest slippers for you:
Please use these slippers.
Please put on these slippers.
Where to Wear Them
Whatever slippers you are presented with at the door will be yours to use for the duration of your visit. Use these slippers in the hallway and kitchen. Going to the bathroom, however, you will encounter another pair of slippers. Wear these while you are in the bathroom, but don't forget to change into the regular slippers before you return to your hosts.