Synonyms containing zabuton
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A zabuton is a Japanese cushion for sitting. The zabuton is generally used when sitting on the floor, and may also be used when sitting on a chair. For a more casual setting the zabuton can be used in conjunction with a zaisu, a type of Japanese legless chair, and with or without an accompanying kyousoku, a Japanese-style armrest. Ordinarily, any place in Japan where seating is on the floor will be provided with zabuton, for sitting comfort. A typical zabuton measures 50–70 cm square and is several centimetres thick when new. Zabuton are found throughout Japan, and enter many aspects of the culture. ⁕In Zen meditation, practitioners sit on zafu, which is typically placed on top of a zabuton. The zabuton cushions the knees and ankles. ⁕In sumo, members of the audience throw zabuton toward the ring after the upset of a yokozuna by a lower-ranked wrestler, despite the dangers. ⁕In rakugo, performers are not allowed to rise from their zabuton for the duration of their skit. ⁕In yose, notably on the long-running television show Shōten, comedians receive zabuton as a form of scoring. ⁕In jidaigeki, according to a stereotype, the boss prisoner in a jail cell receives all the zabuton from his or her cell mates.
Shōten is a Japanese TV comedy program, continuously broadcast on Sunday evenings on Nippon TV since 15 May 1966, the second-longest running TV show in Japan. The show gathers a group of six Japanese rakugo comedians wearing variously colored kimono sitting in a row, where they compete to make the best jokes, on topics suggested by the host. The person judged to be the most funny by the host gains more and more zabuton, until he may be sitting on a stack five, six, or higher. Comedians whose jokes are judged to be not funny, or whose responses are not quick enough, may have one or more zabuton removed and end up sitting on the floor. The zabutons used are supposedly extra-heavy ones weighing 4 kg, so even a stack of ten or more will not topple. When a person gains 10 zabutons, he wins a special prize. The prize is usually related to a famous quote, such as 'Boys Be Ambitious'. Since the host judges the one who has close to 10 zabutons very hard, the stack of 10 zabutons can only be seen once or twice a year. The show is also famous for its catchy theme music written by Hachidai Nakamura. This music has been continuously broadcast since 1969. The titles are written in edomoji, but were originally written to show an animated smiling face.