Autumn (Tokyo Studio)

Shousetsu: Rainbows hide/ start using kotatsu (1 of 5)

November 24th, 2008

Shousetsu 1 of 15Shousestu (minor snow) is the last solar term to be included in this three month trip to Japan. The first modern Japanese pentad here, ‘start using kotatsu’, is surprisingly practical. Kotatsu is the Japanese low table that has a futon or thick blanket attached forming a type of curtain. Traditionally, there would be an in-built a heater under the table. A family would gather around their table and tug their legs under the futon or blanket. How cozy can you get?

Today is the substitute holiday for Labour Thanksgiving day yesterday. This is a holiday that gives thanks to people’s labour (traditionally for the harvest). The streets in Takadanobaba were very quiet – the most subdue I have seen them. We went for a walk along the Kandagawa and soon the forecasted rain arrived. It was so grey and wet, perhaps everyone was doing just as the almanac suggests: cozying up at home with their kotatsu?

2 Responses to “Shousetsu: Rainbows hide/ start using kotatsu (1 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Austinmer
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Hi Jo
    it’s difficult to imagine having to put a blanket under a table to stay warm.

    Here in Austi, everything is growing like crazy in the humidity. We have given big bags of lettuce and rocket and mustard greens from the garden to Derek and Sarah, my new south coast friend Marc, and even the yoga teacher on Moore St. We can’t keep up!

    But I am still waiting for my tomatoes to ripen. I fear you will be back before they redden up… or some bugs will get them first…

    I have posted some tomato pictures here:

  2. 2 jolaw
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Here’s a picture and description of a Kotatsu from wikipedia:

    I would so love to have one right now. It’s very grey outside and cold. Thankfully, the flat is small and easy to heat.

    The vegie patch looks fantastic. Don’t worry, we are not some bugs that would indiscrimately eat all your hard work! We will arrange some weekly delivery of fresh vegies to Petersham!