Bowing Heads

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Bowing is synonymous with Japan. Most Japanese take the custom seriously and perform them with zeal. If you ever witness two Japanese bowing to each other, you would be stunned at how much force is used to execute this customary form of greetings. There are instances each year of people suffering moderate-to-serious head injuries, resulted from them bumping heads while bowing to each other. In some cases, these injuries have led to deaths.

Japanese bowers sometimes would try to outdo each other (not as a competition but as an expression of respect). A Japanese would bow to another Japanese. The recipient would respond by bowing lower. The other person would reciprocate by bowing even lower. This exchange continues until someone hits the ground or gives up.

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