June 8, 2010

You can’t really watch a slice of life anime and never see a kotatsu. What are they exactly though? Well it’s pretty much a table with a heavy blanket and sometimes a heat source. Stolen from wiki: “A kotatsu (炬燵?) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although a similar product called a korsi is also used in Iran.” I’ve never had the good fortune of using one or even seeing one, but they are rather common in Japan because it can get cold, and homes don’t often have a central heat source or even good insulation. And Japan can be a harsh mistress, so kotatsu are sort of a must. Usually, the simple insulation the futon produces is pretty good, but many kotatsu have a heat source. There are the electric and charcoal sources. How the hell a charcoal one works, I have no idea. It’s the traditional style, but an electric just seems more understandable. Another interesting wiki tidbit “The kotatsu was designed for people wearing traditional Japanese style clothes, where the heat would enter through the bottom of the robes and exit around the neck, thus heating the entire body.” Pretty cool huh? Bet you weaboos are glad we have insulation and a heater? Who cares about the environment after all. AMERIKA


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