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In Japanese, there's this thing called 横座り (yokozuwari, lit. "side-sitting") that looks like this:


Basically, you sit on your knees, but then partially swing your legs out to one side. Is there a concise way of describing this in English? A short phrase or a single word; either one would work.

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I tried but could not find one. I immediately thought of the little mermaid, through: mermaidsofearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/… – mplungjan Sep 22 '13 at 5:01
It is called 'side-sitting'... -> starfishtherapies.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/… – Roaring Fish Sep 22 '13 at 5:07
@mplungjan, I suspect your association might be due to the fact that the Danish term for sitting like this is in fact havfruestilling. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 22 '13 at 8:22
Lol :) So we just need to translate that – mplungjan Sep 22 '13 at 13:35

There is no single word to describe this in English - you have to use a phrase, such as:

She is sitting on the floor with her knees bent and legs to one side.

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The only word I have come across in relation to this mode of sitting is seiza in martial arts and of course the famous tea ceremonies.

Description of this well-know formal Japanese sitting position can be found here

I suppose the shortest description for the sitting position you describe would be a seiza with feet splayed to the left (/right).

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Seiza seems to refer to upright kneeling. – terdon Sep 22 '13 at 18:38

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