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Friday, April 30, 2021

tate-hiza 立膝 (Sitting with One Knee Up)

In Japanese, tate-hiza 立膝, meaning "standing knee," is a way to sit on the floor: with one knee up.

Cthuko クー子, Yasaka Mahiro 八坂真尋, and Nyaruko ニャル子, sitting in different positions: W sitting, tate-hiza 立膝, and seiza 正座.
Left: Cthuko クー子
Middle: Yasaka Mahiro 八坂真尋
Right: Nyaruko ニャル子
Anime: Haiyore! Nyaruko-san 這いよれ!ニャル子さん (Episode 3)
  • Context: three characters sit differently.
  • Left: W sitting.
  • Middle: tate-hiza 立膝.
  • Right: seiza 星座.

It's also spelled tate-hiza 立て膝, with okurigana,

Samurai

The tate-hiza is sometimes associated with samurai 侍 and sword-carrying characters, as it's said to be a position quick to get up from and defend yourself in case of ambush.

Sword-carrying characters sometimes keep the sword in front of them while sitting, the sword leaning on their shoulders.

Himura Kenshin 緋村剣心, example of tate-hiza 立て膝, sitting with one knee up.
Character: Himura Kenshin 緋村剣心
Anime: Samurai X, Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- (Episode 6)

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