• Tony Liu

Kotatsu: The Way The Japanese Stay Warm in Winter

Hi All,

Today I am going to describe one of the most loved furniture in Japan in the winter season – KOTATSU.

We love Kotastu because it is so warm and comfortable that once we put our legs inside it we cannot leave again!!




The kotatsu consists of a blanket placed between a low table-frame and table-top, with a heat source placed underneath the blanket.

With your legs placed under the blanket, someone wearing traditional Japanese clothing would have warm air come through the bottom of their robes and exit around the neck, heating the whole body.

(Traditional Hori Gotatsu)

By the 17th century, irori (a Japanese traditional fire place) dug into the ground under the floor, called hori-gotatsu, resembled a fixed kotatsu. Modern kotatsu, which are movable, are referred to as oki-gotatsu.

Since most Japanese homes have little insulation, kotatsu serve as effective space heaters during the cooler months.

Not only humans like it but also cats love it!!

Thank you.