Folding the Hakama

How should I fold my Hakama when I’ve finished training?

The folding of your Hakama following training can serve as a cooling down period, a time to reflect while performing a repetitive, somewhat meditative task.  It also serves to keep your Hakama looking good by sharpening the Hida (pleats), flattening out the Himo (strings) and so on, making it ready for your next session on the mat.  While there are a number of folding methods, here is a traditional one that works well.