Zaisu (座椅子 - Legless Chair)

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May 19, 2019 19:22 English essay

Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese word 'isu' (椅子), which means "chair."

Chairs are one of the most common furniture that has been used all over the world since ancient times.

Of course, there have been chairs also in Japan, but Japanese people generally sat on the floor (tatami mat) in their houses, so 'zaisu' (座椅子) was born.

Since 'za' (座) means "sit" and 'isu' (椅子) means "chair," the literal meaning of 'zaisu' is "sitting chair."

Actually, it represents a legless chair only with a backrest (or a backrest and an armrest).

昨日は "chair" を意味する「椅子」という日本語を紹介しました。



「座」は "sit"、「椅子」は "chair" を意味するので、「座椅子」の文字どおりの意味は "sitting chair" となります。

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