Tatami Book Covers

Good morning everyone,

Did you get a good night sleep last night? I didn't. I'm not sure what was more disturbing-the alarm on my phone, the earthquake, or the public announcements that went on and on afterwards. Zzzz...

As for the weather today-they are no longer calling for rain. It's going to be a sunny and warm start to the weekend. Tomorrow will see some showers overnight and into the morning, but it will clear up and turn sunny later. The weather for next week is looking nice-mostly sunny with highs around 20C and lows around 10C everyday.

Tatami, the woven reed flooring that used to be the norm in Japanese homes, has an undeniable old-school coolness about it. However, it doesn’t always mesh so well with modern furniture, so not everyone wants to dedicate the floor space of an entire room to the traditional look.

Still, there’s something special about the appearance, feel, and even smell of tatami. Soothing and elegant, it helps put the mind in a relaxed yet reflective mood, which means the material can also make great book covers.

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The craftsmen at Matsuya, a tatami maker in Gunma Prefecture, will be perfectly happy to supply you with flooring for your home. However, they’re also ready to provide you with slip-on book covers that will keep your reading material looking as sophisticated as any of the prose found within its pages.

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Matsuya offers a variety of designs, some with cloth borders, and most include some sort of traditional Japanese motif, such as goldfish, cherry blossoms, or Mt. Fuji as an accent.

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Prices vary by the exact cover, but start at less than Y900 for the least expensive varieties. Even the top-of-the-line versions only run about Y2,500.

Maybe you'd like to give off a nice traditional first impression when you go to a business meeting?  In that case, you’ll be glad to know that Matsuya also has tatami business card holders for Y2,100.

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The complete lineups of tatami book covers and card holders can be seen, and ordered, at Matsuya’s online store. And if you're wondering what to get me, a couple of book covers would be awesome!

Have a great day!

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