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Tatami

A thick straw floor mat in a Japanese house covered with finely woven reeds and bound with plain or decorated bands of silk, cotton, or hemp; its size of 3 feet by 6 feet is used as a standard unit of measurement.
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tatami

A thick straw mat serving as floor covering in the Japanese house. Used as standard unit of floor area, approx. 3 ft by 6 ft (1 m by 2 m).
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Each room features tatami mat flooring-woven reeds with a straw core.
Offering the taste of a bygone era in Kyoto, Machiya come complete with comfortable tatami mats, fragile sliding paper partitions, fragrant wood aromas and the total lack of chairs and elaborate furniture.
Crothall said one of the workers the group interviewed ''was promised a very comfortable dormitory with tatami mats with TV and refrigerator.
In the afternoon we made love slowly on tatami mats.
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Exploiting the relatively generous 4.5m ceiling height of the lower floor, KDa proposed a raised island of tatami mats, fitted out in traditional style with cushions and low tables to allow improptu meetings and group work.
The second floor hosts a "four and a half mat room," a meditation room with tatami mats. An engawa, or narrow porch, overlooks the small courtyard, they enter the house through the genkan entry foyer, and the family bathes in a traditional outdoor Japanese .soaking tub.
Imports of rushes used in tatami mats and stone leeks, two of three Chinese farm products that have been the source of trade friction between Japan and China, continued to rise sharply in the week of Dec.
So, the Okura set out to provide the comforts of home while offering the feel of Japan, including rooms with tatami mats. The odd-numbered rooms overlook a small Japanese garden.
''Can this space of the size of four-and-a-half tatami mats (approximately 7.5 square meters), which is not even big enough for people to live on or for any economic activities, claim an extensive exclusive economic zone?'' Wang said.
The prototype robot takes about 10 minutes to clean a room of six tatami mats, or about 9.3 square meters, and automatically returns to its battery charger afterward.
21 whether to formally impose four-year safeguards on imports of stone leeks, shiitake mushrooms and rushes used in tatami mats, which come mostly from China, a measure China claims violates the WTO's non-discriminatory rule.