Kotatsu are the blanket-covered tables with a heater underneath.
Recently, kotatsu have been using infra-red rays as heat.
In the past, there was a brazier at your feet.
If your living room is comfortable enough, then there’s a possibility that you won’t want to leave it.
You can put it in your living room and sit on chairs around it, so even to this day, the kotatsu is going strong.
The photo is of the “kotatsu train” that the Sanriku Railway sets up in the winter so their passengers can have a comfortable ride.
Hot water bottle
You fill it with hot water warmed up from your brazier or stove, then wrap it in a towel and place it at the bottom of your bed and futon.
This is recommended for people who have trouble sleeping.
Just by heating up the end of the bed, you can get a comfortable rest.
In the morning, once the water has cooled down, you can pour it into the wash basin and use it to wash your face comfortably.
Recently, there have been products made with chemicals that you can buy and heat up in the microwave and the end result is the same.
Isn’t the ancient wisdom of heating up the end of the bed amazing?
By the way, you can also use a plastic bottle as a substitute.
You can warm yourself by using these charcoal briquettes that are made of pulverized coal that are molded together again.
By way of an air vent in the bottom of the brazier, the heating power is regulated.
That way, you can grill mochi like in the picture or steamed food, so you can cook and heat yourself at the same time.
In order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s vital to ventilate the room several times an hour but even now there are still people who favor this method for heating and cooking.
Lately antique models are in demand, and so are the covers (the piece of light brown pottery in the photo is a cover), so many people look for them on the internet.
Hanten ・ danzen・ dotera
Hanten: traditional short coat worn at festivals; workman’s livery coat
Danzen: large padded kimono
Dotera: padded kimono
These are all examples of thick clothing stuffed with cotton.
It feels like you’re wearing a blanket.
Though these clothes are heavy, there’s no subtitute for the warmth you get with them.
Just like how there are down jackets full of feathers, you can think of these as “cotton jackets”.
You can relax at home in an ecologically friendly way with these, so recently they’ve become quite popular.
In Japan, it’s common to hear parents say “just warm your feet up,” when you’re catching a cold.
From ancient times, it’s considered bad to take a bath when you’re about to catch a cold, so it’s taught to warm yourself through your feet.
Just like the hot water bottle at the foot of the bed, heating up your feet promotes good blood circulation, so it has a healthy effect.
Of course, it’s still vital to wear warm clothing.
In order to keep the water in the bath hot, you can always boil hot water and add it to the cool water.
Adding it slowly and deliberately a little at the time to the water is the trick to warming it up without making it too hot.