I have finally found the answer to the meaning of these movements. Not hugging or kissing. Have you ever thought the meaning of movement you see and do nowadays? I was curious about the meaning of Ojigi (bowing) and gasshou (putting our hands together.) Also, I was curious about how the movements affect them modern Japanese Society. I even see these two movements done by kindergartens in Japan. In the morning, while bowling we say “O-ha-you-go-za-i-masu”. In addition, before eating we put our hands together then thank what we have by saying “ita- da-ki-ma-u” Like the picture below. The movement following can show respect but it may affect positively and negatively.
Firstly, I’ll be explaining the meaning of going and putting her hands together. Firstly by bending your waist in front and putting your head down and represent, you don’t have any hostility. Additionally, when we put our heads down, can we see the opponents movement? No, have by putting our heads we can’t infer what the opponent will do.
Another factor that changes the meaning of bowing is how low we put our upper body. Also, the deepness depends on the opponent. If the opponent has a higher status we bow lower. Please look at the picture below.
Secondly, looking closely to our hands the right and left hand is different and we even do different movements at the same time. For example, when writing something by putting the pen in your right the left hand would support the paper. Also if we hold chopsticks in our right hand, the left hand would hold the bowl. In simple terms in Buddhism, right-hand means ourself while the left-hand means our god. Which means when we put our hands together we unite with the god. As you can see bowing represents no hostility to the opponent and putting our hands together means to become one with God.
To conclude I noticed our these simple actions are not done in certain cultures, just like the word “itadakimasu” can’t be translated fully with its original meaning.