Koshikake (腰掛け - Chair/Makeshift Job)

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May 17, 2019 18:41 English essay

People often use 'koshikake' (腰掛け) when getting tired from walking or standing.

'Koshi' (腰) means "lower back," and 'kake' (掛け) has various meanings, but here it means "to place," so the literal meaning of 'koshikake' is "something for placing one's lower back."

Of course, it literally means the furniture for placing one's lower back and resting -- that is, it is a chair.

On the other hand, it can also mean that someone temporarily assumes a position only until getting their desired position or job.

The latter meaning is often used for female employees who intend to quit the job and become housewives when getting married.


「腰」は "lower back"、「掛け」は "to place" を意味するので、「腰掛け」の文字どおりの意味は "something for placing one's lower back" となります。