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What is a Japanese dining table?

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A traditional Japanese dining table is a low table with cushions for sitting or kneeling. As of October 2014, contemporary designs include low, wooden chairs to make sitting at the table more comfortable.

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Japanese dining tables place the seat of honor, or the "kamiza," furthest from the entrance. The least-important guest sits closest to the entrance. In a formal setting, men and women kneel under the table. When dining casually, men sit cross-legged and women sit with their legs to the side. Although many restaurants in Japan in 2014 have Western dining tables, some still adhere to the traditional seating.

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