Japanese people take off their shoes in the entrance when they enter a house.
Japanease are a cleanly people. Traditional Japanese houses have tatami mat floors.
They eat meals, talk with people, and sleep on the futon matress on tatami at night on tatami.
Tatami floors must be kept neat and clean all the time.
Today most houses also have rooms without tatami mat.
Slippers are mainly used in this kind of room. They also have additional special slippers used only in toilet.
Slippers were first used in the Meiji Period.
In Western society, there is no customs and traditions to take off their shoes.
When Westerners came into Japan for the first time after Japan opened up to the world, they didn't remove their shoes indoors.
Slippers were introduced under these circumstances to avoid foreigners' misunderstandings in Japanese style hotels.
The first slippers were overshoes.
They became popular among the Japanese upper classes.
Unlike Westerners, they wore slippers with bare feet.
Today, there are various types of slippers according to various purposes.
They are an indispensable part of daily life in Japan.
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