You won't want to get out from under the beloved table heater, the kotatsu!
If you talk about Japanese winters, one of the items you can't leave behind is the kotatsu! The entire family gets under the table and eats mandarins and watches TV. The warmth of the kotatsu makes everyone incredibly lazy and you can spend many idle hours under it. If kotatsu didn't exist, maybe Japanese people would work even more?!
Sep 11 2014 (Oct 14 2020)
What are kotatsu?
A kotatsu (炬燵) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere.
If you have a kotatsu, everyone becomes lazy?!
The warmth of the kotatsu invites sleepiness.
Once you get under the kotatsu you won't want to get out.
You'll want to spend the whole day under the kotatsu...
While you're under the kotatsu you can eat, do desk work, surf the internet, watch TV...
People who get caught by the lazy charms of the kotatsu end up spending their entire lifestyles underneath it.
As a result, the area surrounding the kotatsu becomes a mess.
If people don't properly pull themselves together, they end up spending the whole night under the kotatsu!
Cats love kotatsu too!
photozou.jp; photo by りゅういち (Ryuuichi)
Cats love warm places so they quickly become prisoners of the kotatsu.
The structure of a kotatsu
What kind of table is the kotatsu that corrupts people and cats into laziness?
Once you learn about it, maybe you too will want to bring this into your home.
Make no mistake, you will spend many happy hours underneath it, so beware...
Delicious things to eat while under the kotatsu
When you're under a warm kotatsu, you'll want to eat. These are the foods Japanese people associate with the kotatsu.
１. Mikan (mandarins)
If you're under the kotatsu for a long time, your throat gets dry.
When that happens, mikans are perfect to rehydrate with!
Maybe the reason that these are so popular is that you can peel them without a knife so you don't have to get out from the kotatsu to go to the kitchen.
Those of you who are already thinking 'I want one!' are getting pulled into the world of kotatsu... you should try it for yourself.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.