Japanese professional baseball player using Tatami for training
Japanese people have lived with Tatami for more than 1000 years.
In modern housing, or in Ryokan too, there are Tatami rooms.
There are many foreigners who have the image of
Tatami is such a familiar thing for Japanese people.
Tatami is a flooring but sometimes, it’s used for other purposes.
For example, there is a Japanese professional baseball players who use Tatami for training.
It’s the players of
“Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles”.
They practice bat swing on Tatami.
It is important to reinforce and stabilize lower body in order to swing bat well.
By training on soft Tatami, they can grasp the sense of grip on the floor and stabilize lower body.
Hideki Matsui who used to play in New York Yankees did the same practice.
Japanese people are making use of Tatami in various situation.