This is the entry way to our apartment. In Japan, that means shoes off. To the left, there is a shoe closet, but we only have one pair of shoes each here, so we usually leave them out, but they must be lined up politely. There is a slight step up from the marble to the wood. No shoes can ever touch the wood and no socks can ever touch the marble, if we want to be mannerly about it. When we all come into the apartment at the same time though, this leads to an amusing little dance.