Futon: I was very comfortable so I went back to sleep

Any idea about Japanese style bedding?
In fact, western style bedding is becoming popular more and more, but traditionally Japanese sleep on ‘Futon’ prepared in a Tatami room.

A set of Futon bedding consists of a mattress, blanket/s and a duvet as well as a pillow.
They are used with the covering for easy washing to keep them hygienic.


Characteristic of Futon

What is remarkable about Futon is that they can be folded and downsized to fit on a closet shelf, so that the space of the room is fully opened.
But don’t think it’s like a sleeping bag. The comfort of Futon is genuine not for temporary.

When you sleep again, pull the set out and arrange them on the floor – it’s even risk-free of dropping from the bed while sleeping.


You need a regular maintenance of Futon for a healthy sleep

As you know that human body releases a cupful of water while sleeping and your bedding has to absorb it, you would like to keep the Futon fresh by regular sunbathing or use of ‘Futon dryer’ designed specifically for that purpose.

Try to visit a residence area in nice sunny day; you will see numbers of Futons hung from the verandah and the windows of the houses and apartments – though some stylish apartments prohibit from doing not to look messy.

Futon after sunbathing, I assure is really cozy!
Fresh and crisp, and a feel of cleanness. It makes sense that people don’t mind to do that task which is quite a labour.


The popular filling materials of Futon are: wool for the mattress for its breathability, woolen or synthetic fiber materials for a blanket, and down is preferable for duvet for its light-weight. During the warm seasons, the thick blanket can be replaced with the cotton, and the duvet can be omitted.


Are you interested in trying Japanese bed?

If you stay at traditional Ryokan inns, you will sleep on it.

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Tamaki SAITO(西東たまき)

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Born in Tokyo and raised in Chiba prefecture. I'm excited to reveal the Japan's life behind the scenes that you can hardly learn from the regular sources. Let me hear how far it worked from your side!

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