Quote: Samurai Etiquette

Samurai warriors, when they went out, wore their sword and/or dagger on the left side of their body.  Well-trained warriors could hold the sheath by the left hand, pull out the sword by right hand, and slash their enemy all in the blink of the eye.

Therefore, if a samurai sat in a room and placed his sword on the tatami mat just to his left, it was regarded as a sign of his readiness to attack the other person sharing the place.

As a sign of good manners, for samurai warriors to put down their sword to their right, which showed they had no intention to attack and that they were either friendly, respectful, or at ease with each other.

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