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. 

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

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  4. 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

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  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

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