Dance taught me how to sit on tatami properly, and…【Beautiful stories from far away From Japan】
2021-08-01 ｜ TOSHI
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July 22nd, 2021 was a very special day. Any idea why? That was when I managed the first wink of my life! So far though, it’s only my right eye.
I think that Japanese people don’t wink very much.;)
I learned how to wink in my most recent dance lesson, which surprisingly also taught me how to properly sit on tatami mats.
I’ve been learning dance for about a year and a half, and have found it to be a lot of fun. I’m normally a relatively shy person, but when I’m dancing, I find myself to be completely different.
I’m able be bold and it’s fun to show my inner self. I want to practice more and more, have fun, and find other sides to myself.
Also, surprisingly as I got more serious about dancing, I was able to sit more properly and upright on tatami mats.
Last time, I said that I like life with tatami. In the past, I have also learned how to perform proper tea ceremonies. However, I was in trouble because I struggled to sit the way we’re expected to. My teacher was maybe too kind and told me that I could adjust my legs from time to time.
However that isn’t the case at a true tea ceremony. I get embarrassed when I can’t hold the proper sitting position.
After learning dance for about a year and a half, I’ve started to realize that I am able to sit better than before. After practicing and improving my standing posture, I suddenly felt that my legs don’t hurt even when sitting upright. Is there a technique for placing posture and weight?
I am sitting upright as I write this today as well. Sometimes I use a tatami mat chair if I’ll be sitting for a long time (like if I’m watching TV!), but in general I feel very comfortable sitting this way now.
I’m appreciating Tatami life more and more all the time!
Now I am l writing an essay titled “Apologizing is beautiful”, so thank you. Viva, Japan.