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OKEIKO2 (Standing, Sitting)
Standing up with ease while maintaining a straight posture from „seiza” (traditional way of sitting in Japan: kneeling while sitting back on the heels) – this motion is hard even for Japanese people today. Since tatami-floored rooms (traditional Japanese style rooms with straw mats) have become less common, sitting seiza-style has also become rare. Curiously, however, when we sit down in a tatami-matted room at a ryokan (Japanese style inn) or such, it soothes our soul. Especially when one wears a kimono, being able to stand up with ease looks even more beautiful. It is definately a skill worth mastering!
(Mitsuko T. Sakurai)