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A chabudai in a traditional setting

A chabudai is a short-legged table used in traditional Japanese homes. The original chabudai ranged in height from just 15 cm to a maximum height of 30 cm. People seated at a chabudai may sit on zabuton or tatami rather than on chairs. The four legs of a chabudai are generally collapsible so that the table may be moved and stored easily.

Chabudai are used for various purposes, such as a study table for children, a work bench for needlework, and most importantly, a dinner table for the entire family. In the winter, the chabudai is often replaced by a kotatsu, another type of short-legged table equipped with a removable top and a heater underneath.


Chabudai gaeshi is a Japanese phrase meaning to flip [the] chabudai. Literally, it describes the act of violently upending a chabudai as an expression of anger, frustration, and disapproval. Chabudai gaeshi may also figuratively describe an analogous outburst and upheaval. Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is notoriously well known for "upending the tea table" if a game's development didn't meet his standard or needed serious reconsideration, and characterized chabudai gaeshi as an "action of old-fashioned Japanese fathers" which "would destroy the family" if attempted literally in modern Japanese society.

A Japanese arcade game, Cho Chabudai Gaeshi, is based upon the scenario of Chabudai Gaeshi.

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