Daily life in Japanese

To begin with, than go in. Go in a literal sense. The fact is that when entering a Japanese house, you can find your step in the hallway – genkan – this nut decided to leave their street shoes and wear Slippers.


There are ordinary Slippers – suippe, in recent years, more Japanese people prefer to walk at home in Slippers, European style, although even before the Second World war and the early postwar years at home wore Japanese tabi socks *in most cases – white only* or went barefoot.

Tore surappa

There is another, very special kind of house shoes in Japanese – is a special “toilet Slippers” – toire surappa. They will be waiting for you at the entrance to the Japanese bath or the toilet. The mechanism here is the following: go to the toilet – change ordinary on toilet Slippers, out – perform the reverse procedure. These Slippers are usually made of plastic or rubber, but sometimes there are “soft top”, but still rubberized inside. If in the Japanese store you have to choose Slippers, you can easily understand which one is “toilet”. This “trick of disguise” has several goals – first, so it will be more hygienic. And secondly, the surrounding without words you will understand, that in the bathroom there is someone. Most importantly – do not forget to change out toilet Slippers when leaving the institution. Usually foreigners who are not accustomed to such tradition, forget to change Slippers and become a subject of “pohihikivali” by the Japanese. Although among the Japanese there are inconsiderate people who forget to change Slippers.

Kimono yukata

Now let’s talk about that above. Above, as a rule, is traditional, homemade variant kimono yukata. It is worth noting that in hotels in Japan *by the way, this is not limited to traditional hotels “Japanese-style”* you will most likely sell yukata. There is also a yukata as summer clothing for the streets, such a yukata differs from home coloring and density and beauty of the belts. Home and hotel yukata are usually soft shades, hotel in General – for women and men the same, with the emblem or logo of this hotel. Often at Japanese hot springs resorts and vacationers in the city go to a hotel yukata, then it’s quite easy to understand, in what hotel a person stayed.

To all the above one should add that in recent years, many Japanese prefer home wear just comfortable clothes – such as soft pants and t-shirt. And if only some time ago even kids were running around the house in a kimono, now Japanese children are also dressed in the European manner“, and in the feast, and in the world, and good people” Everything is clear: the boundaries are erased, although there is still some Japanese who despite the influence of Western and American lifestyle, stubbornly cultivated tradition. And there are many, if not most. By the way, many Japanese sleep in my pajamas, although, again, there are those who sleep in yukata or kimono special lower.

Lower nagajuban are called kimono (worn under the outer kimono) or hadajuban (worn on the naked body), they were once Japanese underwear, even now, many Japanese women do not abandon these traditional types of underwear (wearing them under the kimono).


Well, moving even higher. Come the cold, thin walls and the single window let in a Japanese house the cold winter winds… and so I want warmth and coziness, especially in his own home. And that is hanten – warm cloak, “padded” wool.

Hanten retains heat very well and, if necessary, without removing it, you can go outside – not too cold. Modern hantan come with a variety of the most unusual patterns and colors. And it’s nice to drink hot green tea while sitting around a warm hearth in the Cape!

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Daily life in Japanese
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