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That’s one Huge Kotatsu! What’s a Kotatsu?

That’s one Huge Kotatsu! What’s a Kotatsu?

A customer in Japan has a rather large estate and a need for a very large Kotatsu so this was custom made for him. A Kotatsu is a traditional way to keep warm in traditionally built Japanese houses, which tend not to have a lot of insulation and can be quite cool in the winter.  It’s an interesting way to keep warm. Wikipedia has this to say:   Most Japanese housing is not insulated to […]

Giving Back

Giving Back

People have asked if we support any social initiative or charities. The answer is, YES! We focus on giving back to the World through two ideas, both of these ideas are located in the beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka. Women’s Shelter – this is a shelter ran by Buddhist Monks for women and their children who have no place left to turn to – this is their last stop before living on the street. […]

duvet, futon and cover price increase

duvet, futon and cover price increase

Price Increases are coming. Buy before 28 July 2018! We manage to keep our prices the same for the last several years – as amazing as that sounds. But unfortunately everything has gone up in price. Whether this is the price of the cotton, the costs of free plastic clips used to hang out your Futon (watch the video on the main page – ‘what do I get when I order’) , labour, electricity, insurance….and […]

New Futons and Duvet Patterns

New Futons and Duvet Patterns

Hot off the Press! New patterns launched for our Shikbuons (Futons) and Kakebutons (Duvets)– Sashiko and Shinsa patterns. You’ll note from the site that we are also out of stock of all the Dragon patterns that everyone seems to love – we had 6 dragon patterns and they proved to be very popular. Want to learn about why these Futons are so much in demand – we suggest you watch the 4 buying guide videos […]

After 100 years, time for a new building

After 100 years, time for a new building

For about 100 years the business has been in the same location, using the same building. This week marks a new transition into a new building, two stories and twice as large as the old one – luckily just down the road. Now that the business has started to market these fabulous futons across the world, people have really started to appreciate the advantages of a traditional Japanese hand made Futon and Duvets. Be sure […]

Comfortable Custom Futon

Comfortable Custom Futon

A happy customer from Singapore  who ordered a special Custom size Futon mattress (Shikibuton as they are called in Japanese)  – she recently emailed, sharing her delight: I ordered a custom-sized shikibuton that has arrived here in Singapore. It’s so good that my mother and 6-year-old son wants their own too.  I shall be placing the 2 orders soon. Thank you and thanks to all your artisans for such a fine item. As a stage […]

Mari Combo Duvet and Futon gone

Mari Combo Duvet and Futon gone

Another amazing pattern is gone! Quite popular with Customers across the world.  For some reason, the Mari Black pattern was very popular as a Queen size set – where one orders both the duvet and also the Futon in the Queen size [check here for size charts as they are different from ‘normal’ measurements] . There’s also a special discount for any customer who orders both the Duvet and Futon, as listed on the home […]

HUGE Futon

HUGE Futon

What a Shikibuton[Futon] – it’s HUGE A customer contacted us wanting a special made custom order Shikibuton – wow! The specification was to accommodate 4 adults – at once. That’s a kind of interesting setup! Regardless it does look magnificent.  It’s going to take a good level of effort to move the Futon to clean it –  want to know more about how to clean your authentic Japanese Futon? We have a video on the […]

Mt Fuji – all gone!

Mt Fuji – all gone!

Wow, that was quick. We launched the Mt Fuji pattern in October and yesterday this finished with 3 orders for King Size Shikibuton and Kakebuton. People love the overall look of the pattern – the colour, the detail of the pattern and the feel. Being a hand-made product, we are concerned about quality and uniqueness – so we often only do 1 run per pattern.

Do I need a Tatami mat for my futon

Do I need a Tatami mat for my futon

  Do I need a Tatami with my Futon The quick answer is no. This is one of the most common questions that people have about switching their bedding to a Japanese Shikibuton  or in English a Futon [https://www.futonsjapan.com/index.php/futons] Traditionally tatami mats are used as Japanese flooring and are quite comfortable, being generally made from rice straw or some of the more modern version can use newer material like foam, rubber, soft plastic or a […]

Tochinoshin wins Grand Sumo

Tochinoshin wins Grand Sumo

Well, what a surprise. A low rank wrestler, Tochinoshin has raised the Emperors cup last night – from the European country of Georgia! 30 year old, 192cm, 177kg Tochinoshin (real name Levan Gorgadze) won the first tournament of the year – there are run 6 times over the year, every odd month. Tochinoshin looked like he was just going to be a having a normal tournament but after the first week, he was in the […]

2018 Grand Sumo Starts today

2018 Grand Sumo Starts today

One of the things we love here at Futons Japan is GRAND SUMO! Grand Sumo is a tournament that runs 6 times a year and this year’s season starts today! Each tournament  last for 15 days, with matches starting at 0930am for the junior wrestlers, with the seniors starting at 3pm  and ending in the early evening. Each player is aiming to win the Emperors cup – a massive silver trophy, along with various prizes […]

Back to Work in 2018!

Back to Work in 2018!

“akemashite-omedetou-gozaimasu,”  – Happy New in Japanese! Most business, including ours, closes several days over the new year period.  In most countries in the world, the New Year vacation is a nice public holiday – for the Japanese, it is the MOST important holiday and lost of people go to their local temples and religious place to pray for good health, wealth and a luck! The other most important part of their new year is, just […]

Sarra’s multi Futons

Sarra’s multi Futons

Some customers just can’t get enough of our Futons. Sarra from United Arab Emirates had ordered 3 of the Ougi Blue Futons, and her family members like them so much, Sarra needed to order more! “Yes I have received them. My driver collected them from the post. They are really very beautiful and absolutely comfortable. That’s why we need more as 2 of my previous order has been taken from me.”