The Japanese Tatami Room 畳 by Futon Company

Address70-72 Old Street
AtSway Gallery London
CountyLondon (GB085)

70-72 Old Street
Sway Gallery London
London (GB085)
Tel 2018-04-04
Categoria Events

4th – 10th April 2018 (including Saturday 7th April) FREE ENTRANCE This time, in collaboration with Futon Company, Sway Gallery London has replicated the comfortable and sacred space that a tatami room represents. You can pop in to experience what it feels like to sit on the Japanese tatami mat (no worries because we also have a tatami-style chair. ). During the event, you can enjoy on tatami: ★Japanese green tea & Matcha sweets ★Japanese Sake bar (Thu 5th, Fri 6th & Sat 7th) by UKiYO Republic ★Mini library with Japanese books including manga ★Shodo 書道 (Japanese calligraphy) demonstration by Taki Kodaira ★Shakuhachi 尺八 (Japanese wooden flute) mini lecture and concert (Sat 7th) by Tomoko Kinuta More events to be announced. . This is a free event and no reservation is required.

It will be held on a first come, first served basis, however please note that we might set a time slots. *** Iconic tatami is a staple of the Japanese interior design. It can be found in spaces ranging from sitting rooms to palaces and temples. Due to its widespread usage, tatami is both cosy and formal. Often, the straw mat is described as a traditional feature of the Japanese interior, however it is as much at home in a centuries-old shrine as it is in a glitzy Tokyo high-rise. Ubiquitous tatami is compatible with the needs of a contemporary interior, both aesthetically and functionally. Mostly made of dried woven rushes, tatami is the foundation of the Japanese floor culture. Often, it is described as uniquely Japanese, but many other cultures use versions of tatami. The Central American petate, for instance, reminds us of the straw bedrolls used during Japan’s Heian Period (8th-12th century). This points to the universal nature of tatami and its potential to spread beyond Japan. Springy but firm, these mats are probably the only flooring soft enough to sleep on, yet sufficiently hard to be used as a work surface. On top of it, tatami’s distinctly sweet smell (waxing and waning with the changing seasons) adds an olfactory dimension to a washitsu (tatami room). FREE ENTRANCE

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