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Old 11-21-2007, 09:41 AM   #8
Fred Little
Dojo: NJIT Budokai
Location: State Line NJ/NY
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 632
Re: Dogi worn wrong?

Both the drawing of large swords and smaller objects reflect a cultural enforcement of right-handedness.

My tendency is to think that the rigidity of Japanese culture's enforcement of right-handedness developed as a matter of practical safety, to prevent excess occurrences of saya-ate.

In my house, we just seat the lefties at an appropriate corner of the table.

Men's shirts in the West follow the Japanese model, although the cut is rather different.

Now here's a question for the historically fashion minded: why do Western women's blouses close right over left?


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