A temporary job you hold while looking for a better, long term one.
  • hang, suspend, take a seat

Literally, こしけ means just “a seat”, however, this word is most often used to refer to a temporary job while looking for a better, long-term job.

こしけ has been used this way since Edo period. When we say “seat” though, we’re not referring to actual furniture, like the word , or “chair.” Instead こしけ has a connotation of a seat that only used for a temporary rest. This is how we get to the meaning we use today - こしけ is a metaphor for “a temporary position” while looking for a job that you truly want.

こしけ is also has a side meaning to refer to an employee who works just to kill time. Until recently, female employees were considered as as こしけ as many women left their job once they got married. In recent years, women tend to stay much longer at their jobs and the idea that female workers are a type of こしけ has become much weaker. Still, you can hear the word used in Japanese TV shows sometimes (such as in the popular Netflix show, “Aggretsuko”!).

こしけ is a noun, and usually has a negative connotation. If you call someone a こしけ, it means you do not think that he or she is not serious about their job. So, please be careful when using it!

Example Sentences
  • かんごとこしでできるごとじゃない。

    Nursing cannot be a job for people who are just looking to work to kill time.

  • Joeさんはゆうしゅうだから、かれにとってこのごとこしていだろう。

    Because he is so smart, this job would likely just be a temporary position for Joe.