Japanese people, who are in “A land of Tatami” will spend their last moments on the tatami
The tatami is an unique Japanese culture.
Most foreigners may think that
“the tatami is very Japanese”.
There are idioms of
“waking, half a tatami mat; sleeping, a single tatami mat”
and rank than necessary and
“to die on the tatami mat”
born from such lives of Japanese people.
An idiom of “waking, half a tatami mat; sleeping, a single tatami mat”
means one should be satisfied without desiring more wealth.
On the other hand, an idiom of “to die on the tatami mat”
means one wants to die a natural death on the tatami in spite of troubles or accidents.
Most Japanese people have had such thoughts since long time ago.
Recently, it’s spread to put the tatami on a coffin for the last moment.
“coffin’s special tatami mat”
is developed by a Japanese tatami brand.
This is bought by funeral companies, but it sold 60,000 mats in a year.
In short, 60,000 Japanese people think that
“want to put the tatami”
at the funeral.
Japanese people wish to spend their time on the tatami till the last moment.
What the tatami is
“the best relaxing place”
for Japanese people.
Source of photo: http://newswitch.jp/p/7132