Winter is rapidly approaching, bringing with itself the normal drop in temperature expected of such times. Usually, people tend to bundle up warm, grab extra blankets and drink large amounts of hot tea in order to keep warm during the cold season. However, the Japanese use a different method. Instead of climbing in bed and huddling under several blankets, they use a kotatsu which is a combo between a heater, a table and a blanket.
Although it might not seem so at a first glance, a bed is one of the most important objects in our lives. We spend our days at work daydreaming about relaxing on it when we come home. We spend our days at home, with a good book in our hands and a blanket thrown over our body, huddling in bed for warmth. However, the Japanese kotatsu aims to impress its owners more than any bed ever could. The kotatsu is made of a blanket placed between a low table-frame and table-top. The heating source is placed underneath the blanket. Keeping their legs placed under the blanket, people wearing traditional Japanese clothing would be warmed up from neck to toes.
This interesting device is not a new invention. Its origins can be traced to the 14th century and the Japanese irori, or cooking hearth. Later, in the 17th century, irori dug into the ground and called hori-gotatsu were starting to resemble the kotatsu. Since Japanese homes have little insulation, these interesting pieces of furniture act as heating during the cold winter months.
“It’s always warm under the table, so everyone gathers around to cook nabe (hot pot) on a portable stove, eat mandarin oranges and watch television,” explained Nippon.
The price of a kotatsu starts from $125. Would you be interested in buying one?