Avoid stepping on the edge of the tatami:
Descendants of samurais may decorate the edges of tatami mats with their family crests.
Stepping on family crests is extremely rude as it is comparable to stepping on the heads of ancestors.
Avoid straight alignment:
Traditional tatami mats are often arranged in a crisscross pattern. Uniform layouts,
either all horizontal or all vertical
, are for funerals and are considered inauspicious.
No shoes allowed:
Shoe soles can damage the woven rush straw surface.
Therefore, shoes are strictly forbidden on tatami mats.
Sit cross-legged or seiza-style:
In Japan, sitting cross-legged is more relaxed, while sitting seiza-style is more formal.
To sit seiza-style, one would kneel on the floor first and then rest their buttocks on the heels.
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