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Zaisu (座椅子 – Legless Chair)

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    Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese word isu (椅子), which means “chair.”
    昨日は “chair” を意味する「椅子」という日本語を紹介しました。

    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.”
    「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。

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

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