Tatami Mats | This unique flooring is native to Japan

Entering a Japanese-style room with the tatami mat makes me want to lie down across the floor.
Sitting in a seiza position on a tatami mat yields a seriousness.
People who have been to Japan likely have experienced a tatami room at a ryokan (Japanese style inn).
Tatami rooms are essential in setting the ambiance of the Japanese-style room.
For a while there was a trend to move to wood flooring and tiles, but recently there has been a surge of people wanting to revert back to the Japanese-style room using tatami made of natural material.
The tatami mat is the culture that is indispensable to Japanese.

Many aspects of Japanese culture has been influenced by China.
But the tatami mat is unique to Japan.
The tatami mat was a symbol of power in the Nara era, and began spreading to the public after the Edo era.

Tatami can control humidity and cut heat – the perfect complement for Japan’s climate.
It also allows for soundproofing and air purification.
Therefore it became indispensable as flooring of Japan.

If cared for properly, tatami mats can be used for over 20 years.
Twice a year, in spring and summer, the mats should be dried in the sun. If the frontside is sun damaged, the mat is reversed.
Lately due to shortage of space and time, few families air dry their tatami mats. And many families lay carpet on top of their tatami. This is frowned upon, as moisture is the biggest adversary to tatami mats.
Tatami naturally controls moisture, but laying fabric on top of tatami makes it easier for ticks and mold to reproduce.
Try to keep the tatami in a dry state, and in the sun.
It can be used a long time if cared for properly!

Tatami is a cultural symbol for the Japanese, who take off their shoes inside the home. The texture, the smell – they need to be experienced at least once.
You will be sure to experience a texture unlike wood flooring.
Then you will be sure to understand why seeing tatami mats make me want to roll around on it!

Photo by カネコ畳工房、モア・リビング、ぎゃらりぃ甚八、なばたけ農場

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