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Saturday, September 03, 2011



A common sight on a warm, dry day in Japan are futon stretched over balconies to air. The mattresses can also be beaten with a bamboo handle to remove dust.


Futon are declining in popularity in Japan as they are usually associated with tatami-floored rooms, which are becoming less common in new Japanese houses.

Futon consist of a padded cotton shikibuton (mattress) and a kakebuton - similar to a duvet.

Futon were traditionally folded away and stored in a closet to free up space in the bedroom. If you are interested in purchasing a traditional Japanese futon please see our futon selection here.

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