Saturday, January 20, 2007

Tatami

In Japanese homes, most rooms have traditional style straw mat flooring, called tatami.

While wearing slippers is the norm in Japanese homes, they are never worn on the tatami. Slippers are for the hall and kitchen; socks or barefeet are for the tatami. I am impressed by the discipline with which the Japanese remove their slippers before stepping onto the tatami, even if only momentarily.

2 comments:

Redeemed said...

I'm certain you had no problem adapting to that custom ;)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

No, I suppose not. I have only forgotten twice.