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Why Shikifutons Are Better

Why Shikifutons Are Better I J-Life International
There are many reasons why traditional Japanese shikifutons are better for us than western style mattresses.  One of the biggest reasons to choose ...

Setsubun (節分, "seasonal division")

Setsubun I J-Life International
Setsubun-sai is an ancient Shinto celebration that became popular in the 13th century.  It marks the start of the new year and is celebrated early ...

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...

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony I Jlife International
Drinking tea in Japan has a long and interesting history.  Tea was first introduced to Japan by China during the Heian Period.  In the 13th century...

Caring For Your Shikifuton

Caring for your Shikifuton I JLife International
The traditional Japanese mattress, the shikifuton, is made with all natural cotton and no synthetic materials.  Because of this, they require a bit...

What is Coming of Age Day?

What is Coming of Age Day in Japan I JLife International
What is Coming of Age Day? photo source: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51091877 Coming of Age Day, Seijin no hi, is a traditional Japanese ...

Japanese Principles of Design

Japanese Principles of Design I JLife International
Japanese design and aesthetics vary greatly from western culture.  Traditionally known as Wabi- Sabi, the ideas of Japanese design were heavily inf...

Tatami Mats

Tatami Mats I Jlife International
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...