Some say the blade is cursed and brings despair to any who own it, others believe that it is merely coincidental misfortune.
It is a small, lively town like so many others. Do you wonder who are the movers and shakers here?
In ancient China, women bind their feet for cosmetic reasons, resulting in them not able to walk without help and walking in a shuffling gait.
Possibly this can be modified such that people do it for less stupid reasons.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a racist remark since I'm Chinese myself and hence entitled to freely judge Chinese customs. NOT sexist either since I'm female as well.