|Kanji in this term|
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Japanese houses originally had wood floors, and mats or cushions called 座 (za) would be laid out (敷く (shiku)) for sitting upon. Tatami (畳) flooring did not become common until some time during the Muromachi Period, approximately 1337 to 1573.
- a traditional Japanese-style room with tatami flooring, or in older times, with wood flooring and mats or cushions for sitting upon
- such a room used as a parlor to receive guests
- by extension from the meaning of entertaining guests: