The Futon – Traditional Japanese Bedding

Traditionally, Japanese people did not sleep on raised beds or thick mattresses the way many Westerners did (and do).  Traditionally, Japanese people slept on futon – a type of thin mattress rested directly on the tatami floor, which was laid out for use at night and rolled up or folded away in a chest or closet during the day. Americans often think a buckwheat-hull pillow will be less comfortable than a feather pillow, or that a futon has too little padding to make it a comfortable place to sleep. However, most people find that Japanese-style bedding is actually very comfortable to sleep on. (I like it better

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