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What is Futon? Magical and freely foldable bedding

Traditional Japanese bedding, futon is a very familiar part of Japanese life. Futons are flexible and comfortable, and t...
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What is Kaimaki? The origin of Japanese bedding culture

Kaimaki (掻巻) is cold-weather clothing and bedding. The clothing is classified as hanten and is the basis of futons. Its ...
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What is the difference between Futon and Bed? Comparison of Japanese and Western beddings

While futon originated in Japan, bed developed in various regions sucharound the world as Europe. Let's take a look at t...
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Traditional society background of Japan, where beds didn’t become common

Beds were hardly seen in ancient Japan. Since the Middle Ages, futons, bedding laid on the floor, have been primarily us...
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What is Zabuton? A small and thin but deep-seated symbol of Japan

Zabuton is a traditional Japanese sitting equipment and is a type of futon. It's thin and small, but the more you explor...
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Zabuton and Japanese traditional culture

Zabuton is an essential part of the Japanese lifestyle, and are closely related to traditional cultures such as tea cere...
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What is Tatami? Craftsmanship that breathes to this day

Tatami mat making is included in Japan's "Traditional Architectural Craftsmanship: Traditional Techniques for Passing Do...
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Zabuton and Tatami mats: The close relationship

It's a common sight to see zabutons laid on tatami mats in Japanese houses. Zabuton and tatami are closely related. The ...
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What is Mushiro? Rug passed down from time immemorial

In a narrow sense, mushiro is a rug made of woven rice straw. Straw mushiro is mostly used in agricultural fields becaus...
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Roots of bed: Existing before humans

Beds developed in multiple regions of the world, including the Mediterranean world, Africa, India and China. Western sty...