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2. Most people who live in Japanese big cities live in apartments called . 3. / People who live in the country often live in houses ( (house) or (home)). They often have traditional roofs made of fired clay or ceramic tiles. 4. refers to the entrance area of the house. In Japan, it is the custom to remove your shoes immediately upon entering a house and slippers are provided for guests to wear. There is a in the in which the familys shoes are kept. 5. is the Japanese bath. It is much shorter in length but much deeper than a western bath. There is a which is the area outside the bath where you undress and wash yourself before entering the bath. 6. / Both Japanese and Western style toilets are used in Japan. People squat above a traditional Japanese toilet to use it. are slippers used only in the toilet. 7. is the living room. is the traditional covering used on Japanese floors. Mats are made of tightly woven rice straw with some grass and cloth hemmed edges. The standard mat is 180 cm by 90 cm and about 5 cm thick. The area of a Japanese style room is measured in mats, eg. a four and a half room or an eight room. should only be walked on withbare feet or wearing socks. is a square cushion on which people kneel, usually used on floors. The cushion is about 55 to 60 cm on each side and is usually made of silk or cotton stuffed with cotton wool. 8. Most living rooms have a . A is a low table which has a heating unit attached underneath it. A blanket covers the table, and it is usually the gathering spot for the family. 9. is the traditional Japanese bed. It is a mattress which is laid directly on the floor (usually ). The is made with cotton or synthetic fibres. The is never placed so that it is facing north, as this direction is traditionally associated with death. 10. are sliding doors used to separate rooms in Japanese homes. They sit in wooden rails at the top and bottom. The doors are covered with translucent paper. 11. are another type of sliding door which are used to separate rooms in Japanese homes. They sit in wooden rails at the top and bottom. Both sides of the doors are covered with decorative paper. 12. Traditional Japanese rooms have a special raised area similar to an altar which is called a . It traditionally was a place of honour but today are generally used to make a room more beautiful. In the there is usually a vase of flowers, burning incense and a . A is a long vertical hanging scroll that is made of either silk or paper with a roller at each end. A painting or calligraphy is displayed on the scroll. Japanese people consider it extremely bad manners to step into this area.