Good old Japan Spring is the season for Tatami cleaning

2016.07.21

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In Japan, there is a custom to do “general cleaning” at the end of the year.

This is deeply prevailed in Japanese way of living and not only general housing but also shops, companies, shrines and temples do “general cleaning”at the end of the year in order to get rid of dust accumulated during the year and welcome the new year clean and refreshed.

In the old days when general housing floor was almost only Tatami, there said to be customs to do general cleaning not only at the end of the year but also in spring.

Especially cleaning of Tatami.

Tatami easily absorbs humidity so it’s better to hang out to dry every 6 months.
In spring bright sunshine, we put Tatami outside from the early morning and tap the surface to belt out dust.

Recently with development of home electronics, we see less Tatami-boshi since vacuum can eliminate dust and mites.

Japanese people who have lived with Tatami for a long time had habits to do with Tatami.

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