shimoza 下座
KEY WORD : architecture / general terms
1 The seat of lowest status, in a reception room *zashiki 座敷.

2 In traditional vernacular houses *minka 民家, an alternative term for *kijiri 木尻, the seat used by servants and persons of low status, located between the sunken hearth *irori 囲炉裏 of the main living room and the earth-floored area *doma 土間.

3 In traditional vernacular houses in the Yoshino 吉野 district of Nara prefecture, an alternative term for *kyakuza 客座, the seat by the sunken hearth of the principal everyday living room reserved for a guest.

4 In minka in parts of Nara, Wakayama, Kagawa and Ooita prefectures, a room at the front of the house and the lower end *shimote 下手 of the living area, kyoshitsubu 居室部, adjacent to the doma.

5 In traditional Japanese theatre, an alternative term for the *shimote 下手 side of the stage.


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