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Tatami (畳 – Tatami Mat)

  • Tatami

    I like a smell of ‘tatami‘ (畳).

    Tatami is a traditional Japanese flooring material in Japanese-style rooms; it is made by weaving soft rush into a settled straw.

    In the past, tatami was used as a generic term for rugs or mats including thin ones.

    Since rugs and mats were folded when we don’t use them, the noun tatami was created by nominalizing the verb ‘tatamu‘ (たたむ – meaning “to fold”).

    Unfortunately, it is said that the tatami industry is suffering from a shortage of successors.

    Incidentally, when you read the kanji 畳 as ‘‘ in the Chinese reading, it represents the unit for the area of a space.

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