Meet kotatsu: the artifact that won't let you up
Ring your alarm clock in the morning on that harshest winter day. Even if the blanket is not doing so well, it is very difficult to find the strength to get up and start your long day of study or work. Warrior and in full awareness, you fight almost every part of your body to get out from under the covers and face the cold that awaits you out of bed.
If you have identified with this situation, you probably live in a place where it is very cold and you will understand why kotatsu can make your days even more difficult. Well, at least the beginning of days, as the wonderful nights are guaranteed.
Kotatsu is a Japanese invention consisting of a quilt positioned between the frame and the table top, where the bottom has a heat source. The origin of this object is dated from the 14th century and is derived from the irori (kind of Japanese fireplace). The difference with this artifact is that its modern version is mobile, as it is an evolution of the floor-standing fixed models used in the 17th century.
The concept of kotatsu aims to warm up the whole body of people, assuming they are wearing traditional Japanese robes. That way, the heat would come out from under the quilt through the clothes, keeping the subjects warm from the feet to the neck. Since most Japanese homes have little insulation in their buildings, this item has become an excellent resource for keeping warm environments there.
Check out the gallery at the top of the story about kotatsu, its different shapes, its possibilities and imagine how comfortable your nap can be in the shelter of the heat of this object. Amazing, don't you think?
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