From the Decatur Herald-Review:
Japanese women in traditional dress take those tiny steps because of their shoes.
“My shoes are too small,” said Rebecca VonBehren, a Decatur native who spent a year in Japan at Waseda University in an international study program. “See, my heels hang over. If they didn’t, my shoes wouldn’t fit right.”
VonBehren, now a senior at Knox College in Galesburg, had dreamed of visiting Japan and someday working there since she was a child. She attended school at Northwest Christian Campus and came back there to visit Friday to tell the students about her year in Japan.
The very first sign she and the other international exchange students saw as they arrived read, in Japanese and English, “Please follow the rules and be well-mannered,” and on the spot, they decided that was a good motto.