This is a genkan (where you take your shoes off when you enter a Japanese home). We don't have shoes on in our house, and something like this would make it a lot easier.
my house will have a genkan
This is an example of a traditional genkan--the entryway to a Japanese home. Shoes do not go past this point. My in-laws just have simple tile in their genkan.
A traditional genkan (a Japanese entryway)
Genkan, or Japanese entryway. Pebbles or stone. Japanese-style mudroom. I love a clean house.
noren - Japanese door curtains
Japan - genkan entrance
Japanese traditional house entrance
写真：Season j 四季の彩 Fabulous genkan (entrance hall)
Genkan- something every home should have!