Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Futons in the sun

On sunny days, the housewifes drag out all their family's bedding to expose it for some hours to the sun, to get ou the humidity accumulated in the last days. Otherwise, the futon matress and the tatami, on which it is generally placed, will soon get moldy in the humid japanese climate.
All japanese apartments have at least on small, narrow balcony - not to sit there, of course (nobody here ever sits on his balcony, just like nobody ever sits in his garden), but to dry the bedding.

4 Comments:

Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

In West Virginia where my mother was born and lived, this was done to kill germs and head lice and bed bugs. The sun killed these things.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Jeffrey Friedl said...

Another main reason for airing them in the sun is that it helps get rid of dust mites. That's why they beat the things a bit before bringing them in, to knock all the mites off that have moved to the exterior of the futon.

(ugh!)

8:33 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Are the mites such a big problem here as they are in Europe?
In all those regularly aired futons, there shouldn't be as many as in a thick mattress which never get to see the sun, though.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous futons said...

Exposing or airing futon in the sun helps remove lice, dust mites and bed bugs. It is a way of killing germs in our futon bed. It also helps in drying the futon when it is wet. A nice, clean and comfortable futon sofa bed or mattress is really an important thing to have a better sleep.

6:25 PM  

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