Taking Off Your Shoes in Japan
The Japanese are a trusting lot! Before entering a Buddhist temple, you remove your shoes. Sometimes you carry them around in a little plastic bag, but generally you just leave them on a shoe rack by the entrance. The same is often expected if you are carrying an umbrella…best to not track water all over a temple or store. Of course, my shoes (not that anyone would want my traveling shoes) and my umbrella were always exactly where I left them. Not only are the Japanese trusting, they are also trustworthy!
I just loved these neat rows of slippers the monks wear. They were lined up outside what is functioning currently as the primary temple at Chion-in.
Photo Technical Info
- Aperture: ƒ/3.2
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Focal length: 31mm
- ISO: 2000
- Location: 35° 0.3708′ 0″ N 135° 46.99′ 0″ E
- Shutter speed: 1/400s
- Title: Neat Rows of Buddhist Monk Slippers, Kyoto, Japan