Friday, April 30, 2021

chouza 長座 (Sitting with Legs Stretched Straight)

In Japanese, chouza 長座, literally "long sitting," refers to a way to sit on the floor: with your legs straight, stretched long. This is typically seen in flexibility exercises.

Asaka Karin 朝香果林 helping Konoe Kanata 近江彼方 bend forward by pushing her back.
Left: Asaka Karin 朝香果林
Right: Konoe Kanata 近江彼方
Anime: Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai, ラブライブ! 虹ヶ咲学園スクールアイドル同好会 (Episode 4)

Sit and Reach Test

A sit and reach test is a way to measure someone's flexibility.

In Japanese, chouza-taizenkutsu 長座体前屈 refers to sitting on the floor with your legs stretched (chouza) and bending (kutsu) forward (zen) your body (tai).

In anime, sometimes there's an episode about a physical fitness test held in school, which may feature a measurement setup like this:

Nishikata 西片, doing a sit and reach test by bending sitting with legs stretched and bending his body forward, chouza-taizenkutsu 長座体前屈.
Character: Nishikata 西片
Anime: Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2, からかい上手の高木さん2 (Season 2) (Episode 6)
  • Context: a middle school student testing his flexibility.

Basically, you push this bench-like thingy forward, and your flexibility is measured according to the measurement tape set beside it. The further forward you can push it, the more flexible you're supposed to be.

Kaidou Shun 海藤瞬, doing a sit and reach test, by sitting with his legs straight and bending his body forward, chouza-taizenkutsu 長座体前屈.
Character: Kaidou Shun 海藤瞬
Anime: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-Nan, 斉木楠雄のΨ難 (Episode 10)
  • Context: behold, the absolute flexibility of a high school student.
  • chouza-taizenkutsu no Kaidou-san
    The Kaidou-san of sit-and-reach.
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