Friday, March 31, 2006

Movement in One Direction

I have never heard of any Japanese people who depart from the cultural norm in that country of removing shoes at the door. I am sure in a heavily-populated country as Japan, there must be a few eccentric natives who stomp around their homes in shoes and who are deemed freaks by their countymen. However, I have never read about any.

I have read of people in shoe-removing countries like Canada, India and Sweden who depart from the norm by wearing shoes in their homes. However, it seems to me that the cultural wind blows mainly in one direction. It seems to be more common for people in non-shoe removing cultures like the USA and Britain to adopt the practise of shoes-off, than for those in shoes-removing countries to abandon the practise.

7 comments:

Redeemed said...

That's horrible, are there really people in Canada that depart from removing shoes in their homes.

I don't undertand this. Western Canada is very rainy, and Eastern Canada is very snowy and rainy!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

It seems that removing shoes is the norm on both sides, but there are some people who insist that this is not the case and do wear shoes in their homes.

God Bless

Matthew

Carey said...

LOL, I must be a freak.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Why?

I do not think you are a freak.

God Bless

Matthew

Carey said...

I certainly am strange and crazy, but that is beside the point. This really hasn't much to do with your post.

Americans (in my opinion) are in too much of a hurry to develop good manners. Remember that we, like the good ol' Aussies, were the outcasts of British society, so neither one of our cultures is known for propriety.

jel said...

Hey Matthew,

how are ya doing?

just stopping by to say Hi!

take care

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Carey, thanks for your thoughts.

Jel, I am okay, but a line fault is preventing me going on the internet. I am on a college computer at the moment.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew