Wednesday, April 28, 2021

yoko-zuwari 横座り (Side-Sitting)

In Japanese, yoko-zuwari 横座り, meaning "side sitting," is a way to sit on the floor: with your legs to one side, from a seiza 正座 that leans a bit to one side, to just having knees bent and feet to one side.

Yuugiri ゆうぎり, example of yoko-zuwari 横座り, "side sitting."
Character: Yuugiri ゆうぎり
Anime: Zombieland Saga, ゾンビランドサガ (Episode 6)

It's also called onna-zuwari 女座り, "woman's sitting," ningyo-zuwari 人魚座り, "mermaid's sitting," oneesan-zuwari お姉さん座り, "older sister/young girl sitting," and shares the name onnanoko-zuwari 女の子座り, "girl's sitting," with W sitting.

From these names, you can guess it's typically associated with women for some reason.


For reference, some examples of yokozuwari, note that since your legs are to one side, typically the character uses places the opposite arm on the floor for balance.

Tsukamoto Yakumo 塚本八雲, example of yoko-zuwari 横座り, "side sitting."
Character: Tsukamoto Yakumo 塚本八雲
Anime: School Rumble, スクールランブル (Episode 13)
Ibaraki-douji 茨木童子, example of naked apron, hadaka epuron 裸エプロン.
Character: Ibaraki-douji 茨木童子
Anime: Onigiri 鬼斬 (Episode 13, Stitch)
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