29 Things You Should Never Do In Japan

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Don’t Wear Your Shoes Inside Someone’s Home

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The Japanese make it a point to maintain the cleanliness of their homes so before entering one, you will notice that there are shoes lined up at the genkan or the doorway or entranceway. Don’t forget to take yours off too as shoes are considered dirty and may ruin the tatami, or the traditional mat that usually covers the floor in Japanese homes. This practice also applies to public areas like shrines and temples, traditional ryokan hotels, schools, restaurants where customers sit on the floor covered with tatami mats, onsen or bathing facilities, and even some offices or places of business. With this in mind, make sure that you’re wearing presentable socks so it wouldn’t be embarrassing.