Saturday, March 30, 2019

hizamakura 膝枕

WIP: this article is incomplete and might change in the unforeseeable future.
In Japanese, hizamakura 膝枕 means "lap pillow." This is when someone offers their lap as a pillow to someone else, so they lay their head on there.

The word hiza 膝 generally means "knee," the body part, so hizamakura sounds like a "knee pillow." The area above the knee is what you'd call the lap in English.

The term hizamakura also refers to a product that's an actual pillow shaped in the form of (presumably) a woman's lap. (seriously.) This kind of product is similar to a dakimakura 抱き枕, which would be a "hug pillow" instead.

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