HI, Today, in Japan, it is very cold day…
My place has snow. In Japan, we use Kotasu.Do you know it?? In cold winter we get into Kotatsu and eat oranges in Japan is an old custom.
This is the explanation of Kotatsu.Refer to this site : http://eigomoromoro.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-107.html
A kotatsu is a traditional heating system in Japan, which is a table and a heater combined as one piece of furniture. It has a square or rectangle table top and a separate base frame. It is about the height of a coffee table.An electric heater is attached to the underside of the frame. A thick quilt is draped over the frame so the heat is trapped and the table top is placed on top.Sitting around the kotatsu with the quilt over their legs, family members dine, watch television, chat, read or play games together. Sometimes children do their homework there.It is an ideal place that encourages face-to-face interaction for the family.
History of Kotatsu
The kotatsu originated from an irori, a fire pit made by cutting out a flat, square hole in the floor of a house.Ashes were laid flat, then charcoal or briquettes were placed at the center. The iroriwas used for cooking and heating. The first forms of irori were found in the remains of pit houses from ancient times.People started building a wooden frame over the irori in the Muromachi Period in the 14th century. A quilt was placed over the frame. The original form of thekotatsu was born.The kotatsu has evolved over the years. People began putting the charcoal in a ceramic pot, making it possible to move the kotatsu anywhere.In the 1950s, the introduction of an electric heater attached to the underside of the table frame made the kotatsu popular, giving it a position as one of the essential items in a household.Nowadays, there are high end selections of kotatsu products with designs that go well with the interior of a room. As Japanese lifestyles are westernized now, taller kotatsu tables have also been introduced that can be used as dining tables.