The Japanese do not wear outdoor shoes inside their homes; to do so is viewed as rude and dirty. Stacks of cloth slippers are piled at front doors for home owners and guests alike. Sodden outdoor shoes are slipped off and replaced. Cue soft padding around, curry rice dinners, variety shows, Japanese pops on the shee-D player.
What do the Japanese do in the event of a home-hosted occasion that requires formal clothing? A dinner party, say. A romantic, candlelit birthday evening. A 25th anniversary fete. Call me crazy, but little black dresses or black suits simply don’t match plaid slippers, socks or bare feet….