ceremonies and bowing

Posted on May. 6, 2010 by geoffropuff

japanese custom maintains that you bow both as a sign of respect and as a greeting.  obama was recently blasted by the republicans for bowing to the emperor of japan, but really he was just following protocol regarding japanese greetings.

obama bowing

should we blast the emperor for shaking hands?

despite being a show of respect, bowing can get ridiculous considering the number of times we bow in one school ceremony.  let me give you the rundown on the proceedings of a standard ceremony at ichikashi:

1a. vice principal comes on stage to start the ceremony

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

1b. vp finishes introduction

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

2a. principal comes up to give opening address

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

2b. principal finishes speech to the students

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

3a. if it’s a formal ceremony, there are lots of speakers for which we stand, bow, sit two times each.

3aa. if it’s just one of the regular ceremonies, the teacher in charge of school discipline (basically the dean of students) comes up to lecture them.

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

3b. the dean finishes his lecture.

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

4. teachers and students alike sing the school fight song.

5a. vp comes up to give closing remarks.

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

5b. vp finishes closing remaks.

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

if you think this post was ridiculous, think about how i feel when i’m standing, bowing, and sitting like 20x in 30 minutes.

ceremony stand

stand

ceremony bow

bow

ceremony sit

sit

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