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Old 10-03-2005, 03:23 PM   #1
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Dojo: Aikido of Harvard (IL)
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Confused Koshita Thingy - wazzat?

On the inside of a hakama, attached to the Koshita,and hanging on a little fabric loop is a long plastic thingy.

What is it called?
What is it for?
Do I need to keep it attached?

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Old 10-03-2005, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Koshita Thingy - wazzat?

Hi Peter,

It's called a "hera." In certain ways of wearing hakama, the obi gets tied in the back (rather than in the front as seen most commonly in aikido). The "hera" then gets tucked in between the obi while the koshiita then goes above the obi knot.

You can see this tucking in the sixth image on this page:


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Old 10-04-2005, 03:34 PM   #3
Mark Uttech
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Re: Koshita Thingy - wazzat?

It should not be removed under penalty of the law. It is kind of like those tags you find on a pillow. If you take a chance and remove it, you may find yourself surrounded by 300 armed men and two tanks. In gassho
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:52 PM   #4
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Re: Koshita Thingy - wazzat?

I haven't removed mine but I don't use it. At a summer camp I saw a spectacular hakama failure when somebody stepped on the back hem of their hakama and ripped the hera (thanks Jun) off which also opened a huge hole just below the koshita.


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