Friday, February 17, 2012

Renewed Tatami-Surface Cover

Our tiny room's Tatami-mats needed its surface cover renewed
Tatami is made of bundled straw and covered with tightly woven rushes called igusa. We waited too long to renew it, haha.  It got ruined very much (got frayed a lot, hope this is the right word)
They has to be taken away for a couple of days to get it done.  This is the link page you can see how the professional do the work. I am sorry I only have found the Japanese page.

Only one worker came to pick them up. My hubby seemed to have enjoyed the time of some conversation about his job.

2 days later a very young looking guy came alone (again) to put them back. At first, I was a bit worried because he looked really young for the job; wow, he was an efficient one and did a great job swiftly. You might notice the fresh green color of the new igusa cover.  When I explained why I took pictures of his work and showed them (he looked interested in), he said that he was sad not his face being taken in them.  And he posed with the famous peace sign.

his charming smiling face

                     Thank you very much for stopping by, 
                                           Love you always,  Miyako*


  1. Very interesting! he did a great job.

    sorry that you've had PC problems. I wondered if you'd just been busy or what.

    hugs to you...

  2. I love coming to your blog to read how things are done - it is all very interesting :)
    That fitter does look very young indeed but it is good he did a good job.
    I like the colour of the mats.

  3. Oh so fascinating to see things that I never knew about.
    Thanks for sharing.
    If you see him again tell him he is nice looking fellow !

  4. Those look great - I love the clean lines, and I am sure they are very comfortable to walk on. I love to see how people in other countries live

  5. The new floor looks lovely. I wish I had a floor like that in my home. What a sweet, and nice looking boy. Thank you for showing us how the floors are done in Japan.

  6. What a talented and charming young man, Miyako. He did a wonderful job. I am sure he understands computers well, as all young people do. Ah, sweet youth! haha xo

  7. Dearest Miyako,

    This makes me feel like I'm back with my host family in Japan... Love those tatami mats, they are healthy, no dust and ideal for asthma patients and those suffering allergies.
    Love to you and the worker was a cute young guy!


    Oh, PLEASE do take the word verification off, this is too hard to strain the eye for deciphering this spy language...

  8. Hi Miyako

    The floor looks great
    really bright and fresh

    Very interesting to see how floors are done on your side of the water.

    x Fiona

    ps I agree with Mariette
    please remove the word verification
    it is very difficult to get past.


  9. I am truly fascinated yet again by what you have taught me today! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the before and after scenes and meeting the smiling young man in the final picture. The mats look quite a nice thickness and I'm guessing they are lovely and quiet underfoot.

  10. Dear Miyako,
    I would love to have a floor treatment like this in my home. It looks so clean and fresh. My floors really need something done to them as well. For the past few years I've been thinking about replacing the carpeting with hard wood flooring but have yet to do anything. What is this room used for? The pictures you've shown of your home make the rooms look so neat and uncluttered and all have a calmness that make them very inviting. Have a beautiful weekend my dear friend. xoxo

  11. Dear Miyako,
    The floor looks lovely.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    Big hugs


  12. This is such an interesting post! The green is pretty. How long does the color last? And, how to you care for it?
    I guess the peace sign is universal! :)
    ♥ Jil

  13. Looks like he did a great job and it was nice of him to smile and let you take a photo........