「あら、靴が履きやすいわ」”Oh, easy to put on shoes!”

おしごと Owner's Works

We furnished a chair at the entrance of Wakabaya.

I often see our Western guests putting on their laced shoes tightly, probably because they walk a lot. There are no steps at the entrance of Wakabaya, and Westerners are not accustomed to sitting on the flat floor to put on their shoes. Furthermore, many of them don’t know from where to where shoes are prohibited in a Japanese house, so they go outside in their socks, and sit on a stone (to be stepped on) to put on their shoes.

Now this is the Ichifuku Ryokan in Susaki City, Kochi Prefecture, where I stayed with my 8-year-old- son Kotaro last month for the pilgrimage. I had a little chat with the host there. When I asked about the handrail on the wall of the entrance, he told me that after his opening he had installed them for pilgrims to take off and to put on their shoes easily. I also unconsciously gripped the handrail as I put on my shoes. It is pleasant to stay at an inn run by an attentive host who continues to make improvements.

These conversations with him encouraged me to finally find a good product.

Although I had tried to put a chair at the entrance, the entranceway is small. The chair would get in the way when a guest carries their large suitcases in and out. Finally, I found this folding and wall-mounted chair. When folded, it gives enough space like this. The wooden design doesn’t spoil the atmosphere of Wakabaya.

After all, being a traveler and a guest is a valuable experience in running our own guesthouse. Try our new chair when putting on your shoes.