Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

This weeks Photo Challenge from the Daily Post is: Foreign

Being from Scandinavia and doing business with any North East Asian company will certainly make you notice some cultural differences. One of the moments I remember was the first time visiting a customer in Imabari, Shikoku Island, Japan. Here I was asked to take off my shoes and wear the office slippers. I guess this may happen from time to time in Japan, but this, the first time, was just “interesting” to me. 

Advertisements

22 responses

  1. arnoldthearmadillo

    And very elegant they are too… 😀

    October 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

    • Hehe 🙂

      October 27, 2012 at 7:52 am

      • arnoldthearmadillo

        And dont stab the chopsticks into the rice….:D

        October 27, 2012 at 7:53 am

  2. Hahaha ! This anecdote is awesome. In France you only take your shoes off in houses of people who are obssessive about tidiness !

    October 27, 2012 at 7:54 am

  3. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign… | Mirth and Motivation

  4. Marusa

    Interesting! In my country, we don’t do it in the offices or any job-related place. But we do it in our homes and we expect our guests to wear our slippers too. I know that for the majority of the world it’s unusual, but I have also been to countries (like Turkey), where they do it to. I don’t know from which part of our history it comes from, but it sure is more higienical and it keeps our homes clean much longer. 🙂

    October 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  5. ewwwww! other people wore those slippers??? and worse…what if the slippers don’t match your chosen wardrobe that day! (I’m serious! I always match my shoes and handbags before leaving the house!) Can you bring your own work slippers?

    October 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    • Hehe, I did think about your first concern, that I was not the first user of those. But the matching, no, never crossed my mind 🙂

      October 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

  6. Slippers? Awesome. I want to wear slippers at work. I think they match the floor quite nicely. Good shot and great interpretation of the theme.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    • Hahah, yeah, slippers would be awesome to wear at work every day!

      October 28, 2012 at 7:41 am

  7. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign « What's (in) the picture?

  8. I love the shot you shared… so cute! :lol; But even more so is that phenomenal shot in your banner… Where was that taken? It is amazing! 😉

    October 28, 2012 at 7:47 am

    • Thanks! The banner photo is from the Eastern part of Hong Kong Island, looking in to the Western part of Hong Kong and Kowloon. Quite a skyline.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:56 am

      • Quite…. GORGEOUS! 🙂

        October 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

  9. At least your feet fit! Mine don’t.

    November 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

  10. Be aware!!!! May be it is just a trick…They make you feel like at home and “voila” you lower your defenses and they get the best of you!! 😉

    November 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  11. Amazing place, Japan …. was there quite a lot in the late 70th.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    • I totally love Japan. Just wish I could go there more often.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

      • I do too – but I haven’t been back … if I win the lottery I will go straight away.

        November 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s