Tatami mats indispensable for Japanese culture

Habits / Food

Last Updated on 10/30/2021 by setagayablueocean

While many Japanese cultures have come from China, only tatami mats are unique to Japan. Let’s look back on tatami, which has been a symbol of Japanese culture until today, along with the history of Japan.



Ancient tatami is a general term for thin rugs such as straw mats, goza, and komo, and when not in use, it is folded and placed in the corner of the room, so the verb “tatam” is used. The origin of the word is that it became a nomenclature and became “tatami”.

It wasn’t until the Heian period that it came closer to modern tatami mats, and as it became thicker, it was placed in a room for use, and standardization of size is being promoted. In the Engi ceremony, the size and color of the edges are determined by the class.

With the spread of flooring in modern times, the number of Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats has decreased.

The number of people who do not make Japanese-style rooms in their homes has increased because it is difficult to maintain tatami mats, they need accessories such as shoji screens, and it is expensive to install Japanese-style rooms.