Japanese sitting protocol.
Last night, after a long day of meetings and such, Sir advised me that He had a research assignment for me.
“Yes. Japanese sitting protocol. Google it. I think you’ll find it interesting. Study it. You’ll want to remember.”
Re-energized and inspired by these words, i googled it. Correct sitting, in Japan, is actually called seiza. Wikipedia says:
To sit seiza-style, one first kneels on the floor, folding their legs underneath their thighs, while resting the buttocks on the heels. The ankles are turned outward as the tops of the feet are lowered so that, in a slight “V” shape, the tops of the feet are flat on the floor and big toes sometimes are overlapped, and the buttocks are finally lowered all the way down. Depending on the circumstances, the hands are folded modestly in the lap, or are placed palm down on the upper thighs with the fingers close together, or are placed on the floor next to the hips, with the knuckles rounded and touching the floor. The back is kept straight, though not unnaturally stiff. Traditionally, women sit with the knees together while men separate them slightly. Some martial arts, notablykendō, aikidō, and iaidō, may prescribe up to two fist widths of distance between the knees for men.
Stepping into and out of seiza is mindfully performed. There are codified traditional methods of entering and exiting the sitting position depending on occasion and type of clothing worn.
Here is a picture from this website:
There is also a more casual way of sitting, with the legs to one side, but Sir was interested in the formal posture.
He directed me to try it last night, and i did, but my knee, which has been annoying lately, didn’t think much of the idea. i was barely able to get in position before my knee advised me this was really not a good idea.
Of course, Sir told me to get back up right away.
Then he tells me about the “seiza benches” they use. From this website, here’s what that looks like:
i could do that.
We talked about it again this morning – that website actually has instructions for making the bench. Hmmm. Could that be our next project? i can see it happening…