Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 1. General Propriety

Chapter 6. Approaching and Stepping Back in Daily Living

Section 1. About Standing and Sitting, Approaching and Stepping Back

When people meet one another, there must be manners of standing and sitting, and a procedure for approaching and stepping back; this is done in order to show respect for each other's social positions, and to observe clearly the proprieties between those above and those below. From long ago, among all the teachings of etiquette, the manners concerning standing and sitting, approaching and stepping back have come first. If one does not learn this well from the time of one's youth, then when grown up, one will behave like an untrained bull with rough behavior in any place and at any time. One will offend other people's sense of right and wrong. Thus, whether young or old, one must learn the appropriate manners of standing and sitting, approaching and stepping back in daily living, and put them into practice.