A common sight on a warm, dry day in Japan are futon stretched over balconies to air. The mattresses can also be beaten with a bamboo handle to remove dust.
Futon are declining in popularity in Japan as they are usually associated with tatami-floored rooms, which are becoming less common in new Japanese houses.
Futon consist of a padded cotton shikibuton (mattress) and a kakebuton - similar to a duvet.
Futon were traditionally folded away and stored in a closet to free up space in the bedroom. If you are interested in purchasing a traditional Japanese futon please see our futon selection here.
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