From Japanese 玄関 (げんかん genkan), from Middle Chinese 玄關 (hwen-kwæn "entrance to Buddhist knowledge", by metaphor "front door') (compare Mandarin xuánguān 玄关), from Old Chinese 玄 (*ɢʷˁin "dark", "profound") + 關 (*kˁron "barrier", "gate").
genkan (plural genkans or genkan)
- The entryway to a Japanese house, where street shoes are removed and houseshoes put on before entering the house, and house shoes removed and street shoes put on before leaving the house
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