Keywords: Culture & History, Go term

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.

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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.


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