here's my school's genkan
no outdoor shoes go past here
in/out shoe box trade
|12/366 - Shoe Boxes (getabako)|
Taken on my iPhone, toyed with in Photobucket
Most every school, home, doctor's office, gym and many other places in Japan have these at the entrance so that you can exchange your outdoor shoes for some kind of indoor shoes or slippers. To me, anymore, it just makes so much sense that I can't stand the idea of outdoor shoes being worn around inside.