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Amazing Tatami Art

According to Wikipedia, “tatami is a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms.”

The surface of tatami is woven soft rush straw.  Its fresh smell of straw, its soft/firm feeling… I like it so much that I spread 4 and a half tatami mats in my home office.  On the tatami mat I’m sitting right now writing this blog, and on the tatami mat I enjoy practicing tea ceremony.

According to Wikipedia, “tatami are made in standard sizes,…”

So was my understanding, that tatami mats only come with standard sizes either square or rectangle, until I stumbled upon this YouTube video.

Wow!  What a creative idea!  Among many Japanese people, tatami mats became something outdated.  Many new homes in Japan have only western-style hardwood floors or carpeted floors.  With this tatami art, however, the tradition of enjoying the smell and the feel of the tatami might regain popularity!

Kudos to Mr. Kenji Yamada, the fifth generation of tatami maker!

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