Art: Tatami Mat

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Tatami Mat

Included in Daily Life box, Visual Arts box

  • Description: Tatami are mats have been in Japanese homes for about 600 years. Each mat is made of a thick base of rush measuring 1.91 meters by o.95 meters. The tatami mat size is often used when discussing the size of a room’s floor space. Tatami was initially a luxury item and was only used in areas where people could sit; however in current times, they are used to cover floors of entire rooms. A tatami floor is cool in the summer and warm in the winter and remains more fresh than carpet during Japan’s humid months.
    For more information, visit: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/house/house03.html, http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/housing/

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