Tatami Rooms and Slippers Don't Mix

Tatami Rooms and Slippers Don't Mix

Many Japanese homes and even some apartments will have one or more rooms constructed in a traditional Japanese style with woven grass mats for flooring (these mats are called tatami ) and sliding wooden doors with a rice paper lining. The Japanese refer to these rooms as washitsu, but they are known in English as tatami rooms. The Japanese do not wear slippers inside a tatami room. You should follow suit by removing your slippers and leaving them by the door at the entrance of the tatami room before entering. Bare feet are the norm here, but if you're wearing socks or stockings it is acceptable to enter as you are, just not with shoes or slippers.