How to Wear Trousers


  • How to Wear Trousers

    ズボンの履き方


    I heard that most Westerners pass both their legs through trousers at the same time while sitting on a bed or something.
    欧米人は、ベッドなどに腰を掛け、両足を同時にズボンに通す人が多いと聞きました。

    On the other hand, most Japanese people wear trousers from their left leg while standing on one foot.
    一方で日本人の多くは、片足立ちになって左足からズボンを履きます。

    It is said that this custom comes from the fashion of samurai.
    これは、武士の作法からきているそうです。

    Samurai wore hakama (袴 – culottes-like Japanese garment), but it was difficult to wear hakama due to the long hems.
    武士が身につけていた袴は裾が長く、履きづらいものでした。

    Because of this, samurai came to wear hakama while standing on one foot so that they can face enemies rapidly even when they are changing the garment.
    そのため武士は、着替えの最中に敵に襲われてもすぐ対応できるよう、片足立ちで袴を履くようになったそうです。

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