Seiza

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正座, lit.: 'correct sitting'

Seiza is written with two Chinese characters. The character pronounced sei- means "proper, right, true," and by itself can be pronounced tadashii, meaning "just right" or "proper." The character -za means "sitting posture," and is written with an ideograph depicting people sitting on a raised platform under a roof. To the Japanese, sitting in seiza, with one's shins folded under, is the most efficient, beautiful, and "proper" posture while engaged in a formal activity sitting on tatami mats indoors.

Quote taken from: [ext] http://www.furyu.com/archives/issue6/Seiza.html

Humorous definition: Seiza is a way of sitting that will guarantee that your legs go to sleep within 15 minutes and you will fall over when you try to stand up.

--misterb@KGS


Seiza last edited by tderz on January 14, 2008 - 16:37
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