Published On: Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014

The Facts and Knowledge of Japanese Sitting Techniques and Rules

Seiza

Seiza

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You probably wonder why Japanese sitting techniques and rules are important that you need to know the basic facts before you come visiting the country. Well, Japanese is known for its rather rigid and strict rules. There are lots of unspoken and unwritten regulations in Japanese culture and custom. The things you consider regular and common may be considered impolite and rude in Japan. Unless you want to be considered impolite, make sure that you get a deeper insight and understanding about the customs and regulations.

 

About the Techniques

The big deal about Japanese sitting techniques and rules is the fact that it affects the way people perceive you and build credibility about yourself. Traditional value is considered very important; making wrong move will only discredit yourself. After all, most activities done in Japan is mostly done close to the floor. Unlike Western countries that mostly use tables and chairs, people in Japan use tatami floors with low traditional table that is set and arranged with big cushions for seating – yes, you will be sitting on the cushions. However, the usage of the cushions is optional as you may use it or not, depending on the preference. Since you will be spending lots of time on the floor, it is better to learn about how to do it in Japan.

 

 Tea Ceremony

Tea Ceremony

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The Sitting techniques

In Japanese sitting techniques and rules, sitting on the floor is considered regular and common. The upright position is the most common and standard positions. If you are staying in local home or house, be prepared to get used to it. Besides sitting on the floor during eating, you may have to sit during traditional events, such as tea ceremony. Here are some of the sitting types:

  • Seiza. Both genders should know how to do this formal sitting. You simply kneel and place your bottoms on the heels. If you aren’t used to this pose, you may start experiencing uncomfy sensation. Some people even feel numb sensation if they have to spend quite long time in this position. However, it is quite common for today’s Japanese people not to be accustomed for this sitting position, especially if they have to do it for long time. if you have to attend special events, foreigners aren’t generally expected to last long either.
  • Casual position. For men, sitting cross legged is quite common and exclusive to them, while women can do it with both legs placed on one side.

 

Kendo Seiza

Kendo Seiza

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Seating Orders

Besides the right technique, you may want to know about the right order too. Kamiza or the honored seat is applied to the most important guest. The location of kamiza is usually applied to the farthest spot from the main entrance. On the contrary, the least important guest or the host is generally sitting in shimoza or the spot closest to the entrance – or sometimes next to it, Guests should be located and situated in front of a tokonoma, if there is any. Knowing the proper Japanese sitting techniques and rules will be very helpful to avoid misunderstanding.

 

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