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Why Shikifutons Are Better I J-Life International

3 Reasons to Sleep on a Shikifuton

In Japanese culture, concepts of minimalism and the philosophy of “less is more” have been the standard for thousands of years. Japanese people hav...
Tatami Mat Care Guide

Tatami Mat Care Guide

The tatami mat is a traditional Japanese flooring that has served many purposes withinin Japanese homes, temples, and businesses for centuries. J-L...
The History of 7 Common Traditional Japanese Fabric Patterns

The History of 7 Common Traditional Japanese Fabric Patterns

Founded in 660 BC and ranked as having the third highest GDP in the world, Japan is one of the oldest and most prosperous modern nations. After ove...
Everything You Need to Know About Norens: the Traditional Japanese Room Divider and Curtain

Everything You Need to Know About Norens: the Traditional Japanese Room Divider and Curtain

You may have noticed, perhaps while traveling or in different forms of media, Japanese homes and businesses often have vertically slit fabric curta...
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

Caring for Your J-life Kakefuton

What is a kakefuton? The complete Japanese sleep system consists of 7 elements, the primary 2 being the shikifuton (敷き布団) and kakefuton (掛け布団). The...
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

All About 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...