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Getting the Most out of Your Shikifuton: 5 Alternative Uses for Your Japanese Mattress

Getting the Most out of Your Shikifuton: 5 Alternative Uses for Your Japanese Mattress

The Japanese traditional shikifuton is a sleep system composed of the shikibuton sleeping mat (mattress) and kakefuton (duvet), which is then laid ...
What's in a Tatami Mat? I J-Life International

What's in a Tatami Mat?

Tatami mats are the traditional flooring used in Japan.  Originally, tatami mats were only used amongst the rich and upper class, but during the Mu...
Build Your Bed I J-Life International

Build Your Bed - What Makes up the Japanese Sleep System?

If you are looking to create the full Japanese sleep system in your home, but are unsure of where to start or what makes up the whole system, we are here to help. At J-Life International we offer everything you need to create a sleep system that will serve all of your needs and will be a beautiful addition to your home. 
Benefits of Sleeping with Silk I J-Life International

Benefits of Sleeping with Silk

There are many health benefits to sleeping with silk.  Silk is naturally hypo-allergenic meaning that it is some of the best for asthmatics and all...
Why Shikifutons Are Better I J-Life International

Why Shikifutons Are Better

There are many reasons why traditional Japanese shikifutons are better for us than western style mattresses.  One of the biggest reasons to choose ...
All About The Zabuton

All About The Zabuton

Zabutons are the traditional cushions used in Japanese culture.  Originally the zabuton was seen as a respectful symbol of power and was used to we...
Caring for your Shikifuton I JLife International

Caring For Your Shikifuton

The traditional Japanese mattress, the shikifuton, is made with all natural cotton and no synthetic materials.  Because of this, they require a bit...
Tatami Mats I Jlife International

Tatami Mats

Tatami mats were once considered a luxury item in Japanese households. More recently they have become popular additions to both Japanese and Wester...
The Benefits of Sleeping with Buckwheat Hull Pillows

The Benefits of Sleeping with Buckwheat Hull Pillows

Soba Gara Makura -Japanese buckwheat pillow and neckroll. The Japanese started using buckwheat as a filling for their bedding around 600 years ag...
A Complete Guide to the Japanese Sleep System

A Complete Guide to the Japanese Sleep System

When you walk into a Japanese bedroom, there’s a good chance there won’t be a bed in sight. At least not in the western sense of the word. The Japa...
Using Boric Acid as a Fire Retardant

Using Boric Acid as a Fire Retardant

Boric Acid naturally-derived, safe alternative for your futon mattress If we spend a third of our lives sleeping, it’s only natural to expect that the mattresses we’re sleeping on is good for us, right? It makes perfect sense, but it’s not always the case. In 1975, when fire retardant standards were implemented by the...
The Complete Futon Mattress Buying Guide

The Complete Futon Mattress Buying Guide

A futon mattress is a versatile addition to any home, whether you’re using it on top of a futon base as a small-space sofa alternative, on the floo...