Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Bow in tea ceremony

In a tea ceremony, you make a bow quite many times. I think it’s important to get acquainted with proper greeting in any culture. I learned proper bow from Sado, The Way of Tea.

From the seiza position, bend your hip and tilt your upper body with strait back. And place your hands on the floor right in front of your knees. The hands should be at about right angle, and give little space between them. Fingers should not be spread.

Bowing is not a difficult gesture, but if you are not used to it, the movement could be gawky. So, I think it is important to practice over and over in lessons and to get acquainted with the natural smooth movement.

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