Wednesday, January 21, 2009

natsukashii for kotatsu

After a remarkably warm spell, winter weather is coming back to California. It's overcast and grey, and I'm home sick today. It's days like this that I really, really miss the kotatsu in Japan.

A kotatsu is a table with a heater underneath. In the warm months, the heater is usually put in storage, but in the winter, it connects underneath the table, and a big comforter is put on the top in order to keep in the heat.

You basically spend most of your time with your legs underneath the whole thing during cold weather months. It is awesomely warming, and considering that many of the older homes in Japan do not have central heating, and dangerous (for wood frame houses) kerosene heaters being very popular, kotatsu are a super great option for winter.

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