Saturday, March 30, 2019

hizamakura 膝枕

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.

Lap pillow, Emilia and Subaru
Anime: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 (Episode 8)

Literally, hiza 膝 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.

Lap pillow, Wiz and Kazuma
Anime: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! この素晴らしい世界に祝福を! (Episode 11, OVA)

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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