EduCareer

Supporting your career in English teaching
in the Japanese school system

Company SiteMap

Rinjin Blog


Door and Windows

2012/11/02

A lot of houses and apartments in Japan have glass sliding doors at the back of the house somewhere that open up to a very small balcony or veranda.  This is probably not shocking information.  What's unusual is that Japanese people don't consider it to be a door at all, even though it's designed for you to walk out of it.

 

A glass door that opens up to a veranda, porch, or balcony is still considered a window in Japan.  In fact, any door that opens on a swing is not even native to the Japanese culture.  That's why you can call it a ドア "doa" in Japanese.  It's a loan word because it's also a loan "idea."  Japanese doors are traditionally sliding doors, and can be called "to," or "tobira," especially for what we would consider the front door.  The sliding doors within a house are traditionally called ふすま "fusuma," but "doa" or "to" can be used when talking to children.  However, even front doors are not often referred to by their actual name, and are more often referred to as just part of the entrance way, or 玄関 "genkan."

 

You can enjoy an interesting argument with your students or Japanese friends over whether the sliding glass door is in fact a door or a window, and explore your cultural differences.

[Back]<<Finally, More E-books in JapanSome Thoughts on Visas and Degrees>>[Next]

I want to teach at a school in Japan

More about Japan's education system

Current openings

Become a member

Japan's education system

Become a member

Job Board

EduCareer Members

Members will receive exclusive job information

EduCareer Name

EduCareer Email

Want to bacome a member

Become a member

Telephone

Telephone

Contact

Contact

Access&map

EduCareer Map

1 minute from Higashi Koenji Station (Marunouchi Subway Line) Exit 1

402 Arakawa Building, 3-56-12 Wada, Suginami Ku, Tokyo
4th floor above Origin Bento

Office hours : 09:00-18:00
Regular Holiday : Saturday/Sunday

Rinjin Blog



Available areas

Hokkaido・Tohoku[Hokkaido・Aomori・Iwate・Miyagi・Akita・Yamagata・Fukushima] / Kanto[Tokyo・Kanagawa(Yokohama)・Saitama・Chiba・ Ibaraki・Tochigi・Gunma・Yamanashi] / Shinnetsu・Hokuriku[Niigata・Nagano・Toyama・Ishikawa・Fukui] / Tokai[Aichi(Nagoya)・Gifu・ Shizuoka・Mie] / Kinki[Osaka・Hyogo(Kobe)・Kyoto・Shiga・Nara・Wakayama] / Chugoku[Tottori・Shimane・Okayama・Hiroshima・ Yamaguchi] / Shikoku[Tokushima・Kagawa・Ehime・Kochi] / Kyushu・Okinawa[Fukuoka・Saga・Nagasaki・Kumamoto・Oita・Miyazaki・ Kagoshima・Okinawa]

Recruiting countries

USA,Canada,UK,Ireland,Australia,New Zealand,South Africa,India,France,Germany,Spain,Italy,Russia,China,South Korea,Thailand,Indonesia,Malaysia,Mexico,Brazil