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Am person w/ orthodics. How does work in Jap culture?

Question by Kei: Am person w/ orthodics. How does work in Jap culture?
How does a person in Japan (native or foreign) go into homes, & where ever else shoes aren’t allowed, if they need to wear orthodics CONSTANTLY through out the day? I wouldn’t think you could put them in slippers. So how exactly would that work?
Just putting them in my socks i don’t think would work at all cuz my feet would slide & I could end up falling over and spraining my ankle or something. And carrying around a pair of slippers or brand new shoes would be a pain. And seeing how health based Japan seems to be, I think that Japanese people would do something if something prevented them from being able to walk & stand properly. I mean I don’t think they would like take your crutches away if you broke your leg cuz you’d been walking outside with them. Same with wheelchairs. My orthodics are a NEED to have thing. As soon as I’m able to get the money, I’m going to be getting customs, which indicates just how bad my problem is. For those who aren’t able to understand what that means, here’s something of an explanation of how bad; I can’t run, i can barely jog, & i can’t stand for prolonged periods of time, among other restrictions. If I am long w/out them, I am literally like crippled.

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Answer by Joriental
Yes they put them in slippers, or just socks, at private houses.
I mean when you visited someone’s house, they’d take off their shoes, change to slippers, and enter a room.
And when they enter Tatami room, they take off slippers, too.

See this picture. They are in Tatami room. They are not putting shoes or slippers on.

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2 Responses to “Am person w/ orthodics. How does work in Jap culture?”

  1. ets2521 says:

    All Japanese take off shoes at entrance of their house. But your case, if you mention ( or let them see ) you wear orthodics, I believe peoples came up something. I think you don’t need worry to much because you are not try to rude. Because your case is med condition so peoples understand.

    P.S My parents house next door’s one of kid use wheel chair. I grew up with him. That’s why I wrote “people understand” but some ppl may not understand. His Mom wiped the wheels every time when he enter the house.) I just remember something what he told me before. He was an exchange student that lived in the U.S for a while. After he came back from U.S, he told me U.S can be better place to live as handycap ppl. Ppl open the door for you & if they see he having a truble, they will help him……another word,,, ppl are nicer than Japan for handycaps. Please remember, no matter where you go, you may see nice ppl & not nice ppl. If you have to visit Japanese homes, ask someone to translate Japanese for your orthodics use just like you explain here. Every time when you visit different home, you show to that paper to them. That way they will really understand what is your orthodics are for. I really hope this will help.

  2. mamesmumma says:

    Ummm no they wont ‘understand’. We may think of it as a manners thing to take your shoes off in a Japanese house as it is rude not to. But Japanese people don’t do it for manners alone. They see it as unclean, you are traipsing outside dirt into their house. And in a place where people spit on the ground, and squat toilets mean that you cant help but step in other people’s piss, bringing that into someone’s house is not just rude it’s disgusting.
    So I asked my Japanese hubby and he says he cant imagine, I’ve commented before to him how I see people with walking difficulties that I naturally think orthodics would help but who are hobbling around with nothing. They don’t seem to try to correct problems here.
    Anyway Im guessing the most appropriate course of action if its impossible to slip them out of your shoes and into the waiting slippers. Is to bring a spare pair to put into their slippers – or bring your own slippers (you can get slippers with sides and backs or sides only) or if they just wont work in slippers bring a brand new pair of shoes that’s soles are as close to slippers as possible in a plastic bag (think like indoor/outdoor shoes at the gym). If the tread has no dirt on them I’m 99% sure your host will be happy with the compromise.
    And yes you don’t wear any shoes in Tatami rooms and unfortunately thats where most of the entertaining happens. So as someone else mentioned can you put them in socks? Also…you are thinking this happens in peoples homes, it also happens in many restaurants and some other types of businesses too.

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