Monday, July 24, 2006

Mixed Couples

There were quite a few Japanese/ English married couples at the Japan Christian Link conference, some who lived in Japan and others who lived in England.

I could not help wondering about whether or not they applied strict shoes-off policies in their homes or not. I did not actually speak to any of them on that subject as there were plenty of other things to talk about.

I expect those living in Japan would almost certainly have followed the custom there. However, it is possible that some of those couples living in England might have been less strict for the sake of visitors. I suppose it would have been interesting to know.

Of course, even couples who are of the same nationality might disagree about the issue. Personally, I think it would be something to bear in mind if I ever consider marriage again. I would probably rather marry a woman who did not object to having a shoes-off policy. Maybe I need to marry a lady from a shoes-off country.

3 comments:

The IBEX Scribe said...

Personally, I think it would be something to bear in mind if I ever consider marriage again.

Makes it sound like you were actually married once...

It is an interesting thought about what the multi-cultural households do with their shoes. I think more people adopt the shoes off rule than leave it behind, but I could be wrong about that.

Redeemed said...

Angie's post made me want Moroccan food, yours is making want Japanese food.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, I was surprised to see a Sushi cafe at Paddington station.

Angie, I think you are right about more of those couples adopting shoes-off. It is probably easier for the shoes-on spouse to sart taking off his/her shoes than for the shoes-off spouse to get used to shoes in the house. Although in polite Britain, the shoes-on spouse may feel embarassed or uncomfortable about asking guests to remove their shoes, which might be another factor.

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