Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Public Buildings

In Japan, you have to remove your shoes in all kinds of different buildings. It is the same in many other Asian countries and to a rather lesser extent in some cold weather countries like Sweden.

Which public buildings would you feel most comfortable removing your shoes in? Which would you feel most uncomfortable having to remove your shoes in? Here are the options:


University Campus

Swimming Pool (the whole building not just the pool side)


Museums and arts galleries

Local government office

Primary School (as visitor not as a pupil)

Dentist's clinic


Kev said...

For places where security / hygeine are of special importance, ie government offices, primary schools, dentists, Drs surgeries, hospitals, etc, I feel "shoes off" should be implemented, and I would feel comfortable complying knowing my recipricosity, as you refer to it, was helping people to be both safer and healthier.

Celestial Fundie said...

That makes sense.

Kev said...

There should be a serious campaign to highlight these issues and pressure for their implementation.

Celestial Fundy said...

Kev, while I agree with you that shoes-off indoors is the way to go, not just in the home, I am not sure that public campaigns are the way to go.

The government has all sorts of campaigns about healthy lifestyle changes, as well as campaigns to get people to be more 'green.' A lot of people resent being told what they should do, hence the talk about the nanny state.

I fear that a government-backed campaign could actually make people less favourably disposed towards the practice.

The shoe culture in the UK is a long way from what it is in Japan, and it is not even where Sweden is.

These things take time. I think the transition will be slow.

This blog of course represents my own campaign efforts. It will be obvious to readers that I have nothing to do with the government, as I support the opposition and hold views that are not associated with the so-called 'nanny state.'

Kev said...

What I intended to add was that it should be strong subtle promotion through the media until, over a period of time, the public perception has evolved to more readily accept a widespread "shoes off" policy.