Monday, August 22, 2011
Many people see tatami flooring, sleep on it, sit on it. But have you ever wonder what's under the straw mat?
The recent typhoon was so strong and the gusty wind seeped in the drainage pipe of our air conditioning. The rain water got trapped and dripped on the tatami flooring. Two or three of the block mat was drenched and if we don't take it to shine, the musty smell remains for long.
So, dear handy man at home, took it off the floor and put those mats under the sun. I took those picture to show what's happening under the plank.
You can see the straw mat is sewn onto a thick board and lay on a wooded plank.
By the way, when calculating the size of houses in Japan, they count it by the amount of the tatami block.
Example: My house is 40 tatami. Or my room is 6 tatami.
Even when making a house, the size of the house is counted by how many tatami.
If one tatami block cost JY25,000.
If the house is 40 tatami, you can do the counting here.
So if you have a double-storey house, you count the tatami up there as well.