AniRei

James Lyall

Edmonton, Canada

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I saw a girl in my martial arts class bow to her training partner and her bangs drifted forwards to cover her eyes. I knew that I had to take a picture of this.

“Rei” is often understood to mean “politeness” or “etiquette” in Japanese, and westerners tend to extrapolate that to mean a highly formalized code of conduct that must be adhered to. Really, it refers to common courtesy. In Western society, upon meeting a new person, we shake their hands and introduce ourselves. That is rei. It is the respect implied in all types of courtesy or ceremony.

With Rei properly exercised (and not just going through the motions, but feeling it in our hearts) virtually all unnecessary conflicts can be avoided, whether they be at home, school, or at work.

Taken with a Canon 5D, 24-105mm.

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