Warm kotatsu
Warm kotatsu

The only good thing about chilly weather in Japan, in my opinion, is the kotatsu. It’s an iconic piece of Japanese furniture, consisting of a low table with a heater in the top. A blanket is draped over to keep the heat trapped inside, and it is immensely warm and cozy.

Y had yearned for a kotatsu when we lived in Canada, and in Australia, too, as we lacked a heater and winter nights were chilly. So, on moving to Japan, one of his first items of business was to acquire a kotatsu. This month we also got a new blanket, and so now he is almost permanently installed in the kotatsu when he’s home. (Yes, he dozes there, too, a tendency he’s had his whole life.)


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