The taboo etiquette of wearing a samurai sword
1. Taboo of Japanese sword
(1). Use your fingers to touch the body of the sword. It is difficult to remove human fat, and rust will also occur.
(2). Talking endlessly with a sword in his hand
Holding the sword in his hand, talking non-stop in his mouth, the foam may fly to the sword-this is one reason for the long rust of the sword. Some samurai in the historical drama held a sword in his mouth with a pocket paper (in ancient times, a piece of soft and tough paper was folded three times horizontally and four times vertically and stuffed into his arms. It was used for writing letters or present toilet paper Purpose). Although this is considered impractical, some people do have such a habit, which makes it really meaningful in this respect and always keep paper when appreciating swords.
(3). Turn the cut to the person first, even if it is a joke, never do it!
When handing the knife to someone, stand up, turn the sword around the handle, and hand it to the other person so that the other person can hold the sword. When the other party does hold the sword tightly, then let go.
2. Wearing and placing of the sword
When placing the sword, the handle of the sword should be turned to the left. This is the so-called peaceful placement without hostility to the guests. Note that the handle to the left here does not point the rafter to the left, but refers to placing the blade towards you. If you want to quickly pull out the sword placed in this way, you have to turn the sword over.
In short, it is impossible for ordinary people to pull out the sword in this way. Isn’t it enough to hold the scabbard with the right hand and draw the sword with the left hand? However, the samurai is a professional soldier, so it is strictly prohibited by law. Therefore, it is stipulated that the sword is inserted on the left and drawn with the right hand.
The sword is not inserted on the right side (the right finger in the Kamakura period is an exception-samurai at that time generally used a one-on-one combat method, that is, one rider and one rider. At that time, the samurai often stepped on the stirrups. Stand up immediately and shoot an arrow or use a long sword to stab the enemy.
When the two horses meet, sometimes they have to lift the enemy's armor to find the gap and stab the sword in. If the short sword is inserted in the left waist, then to draw the sword, you have to lie down close to the horse's neck, which is inconvenient and dangerous. The waist sword mentioned above solves this problem.
The method of wearing this kind of katana is specifically that the handle of the sword is inserted diagonally backward, and the waist belt is hooked with the back angle. When the sword is drawn, it is like drawing something from the pocket of the trousers now. It can be done easily with the right hand, and the handle is inserted down at the waist).
The samurai walked on the left. When the samurai crossed, the scabbards were inserted on the left, so they might touch each other in a narrow place. In this way, the hot temper of some people may cause a fight. This is the origin of the word "sheathing (arguing over trivial matters, men are jealous)". In this case, if the sword is drawn with the right hand, put the scabbard to the left in advance.
Also, when visiting other people's homes, take the sword from the belt with your right hand at the entrance and just carry it into the house. When going up the stairs, if the scabbard is too crowded and will bump into others, there is no way. After entering the living room, place the sword on the right side of the body, with the handle forward, the blade facing you, and the sword blade approximately parallel to the knee. One is not hostile, and the other is to keep the sword as close to yourself as possible for defense-if there is an emergency, hold the sword with your knees, pull the scabbard from the back of your body, and then quickly turn it to the right Body, take the sword in your hand to challenge.