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From fellow OMF Japan missionary:
In the mid-nineteenth century, first American consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, shocked Japanese by walking straight into the shogun's presence in Edo Castle without removing his shoes. Even today foreign visitors unfamiliar with Japanese customs can startle or even anger their hosts by walking into a home without taking off their shoes at the door.
One of the peculiarities of the Japanese home is that outdoor footwear are left at the door. Most Japanese cannot imagine wearing shoes in the house.
The custom is deep-rooted and has not changed despite the widespread shift away from the typical lifestyle that centered around tatami-mat floored rooms to Western-style interiors furnished with tables, chairs, and beds.
No matter how tiny the apartment or how westernized the home, people take their shoes off. This is true for many churches in Japan as well.
What a blessing to see this church’s entrance filled with little boots during a kid’s Christmas outreach event.
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