Why do Japanese people take

their shoes off when entering home

日本ではどうして家に入る時に靴を脱ぐの?

The climate of Japan is one of high-temperature and humidity. Because of that, traditional old wooden houses had raised floors to avoid the humidity. Having the floor raised keep it well ventilated to prevent it from getting moldy and being damaged from flooding. Wearing shoes for long hours makes the shoe’s inside stuffy and uncomfortable in such a humid climate and bringing any shoe’s dirt into the house is a bit unsanitary,especially when it rains. Shoes are removed at the entrance(玄関Genkan) when you come into the house. It is the same situation in present-day, even though the number of apartments have increased in Japan. Taking your shoes off and sitting down on the floor or Tatami directly makes me feel comfortable and relaxed.The reasons shoes are removed "to keep a house clean" and "in order to relax.”
There are both types of restaurants or Izakaya(*) ,where you must take your shoes off and must not take off, in Japan.To be honest, I can’t bothered to take my shoes off in a restaurant as I wear boots in the winter, or when I carelessly wear socks that have a hole…while caring of that…But when I’m tired of walking, removing shoes gives me a relaxed feeling!
(* Izakaya = Japanese style casual restaurant)

日本の気候は雨が多く高温なので、昔の木造の家は床を上げて湿気が抜けやすいよう作られていました。風通りを良くしてカビの発生を防ぎ、大雨が降った時には浸水を防ぐためです。また、靴を履いたままでは足が蒸れることや、汚れたままの靴で家の中にあがるのは衛生的ではないことも理由で、玄関から家に上がる時に靴を脱ぎます。マンションが増えている現代の日本でも、それは変わらず。靴を脱いで、床や畳に座ってくつろげるのは、ニャパンもお気に入り。最近は居酒屋やレストランでも靴を脱ぐところと、脱がないところがあります。冬場ではブーツの時は脱ぐのが面倒くさいし、うっかり靴下に穴が開いている時には脱げない……。でも、歩き疲れた時には、靴を脱いで食事ができると、解放感でいっぱいになります

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