January 5, 2015, 7:06 pm ~ by ShoE in news
Often Shodo Harada Roshi is being asked, how Zen can and should adjust to Western culture, and one aspect he clearly stated was, that it would be a pity if the tradition of wiping the floors were to be lost. As you can see in the video below, the rag is being pushed forward while the back legs are pushing strongly. The Roshi explained that this is from the time we were four legged and the strength of kicking is what gives our body strength and health. This style of wiping the floor has been done not only in monasteries in Japan, but also in lay houses. Now with the houses being smaller and without a wooden porch, this tradition is also getting lost in Japan.