Japanese/Swedish Kotatsu (made in Australia for Canadian conditions)
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Materials: Lack coffee tables x 2; Mysa Gras quilt; Snille chair backs
Description: A Kotatsu is "a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere." (Wikipedia)
We discovered the luxury of a Kotatsu during a stay at an unheated Buddhist monastery in the mountains of Japan in December 2010.
I looked for a Kotatsu to buy locally when I returned to Australia, but the ones I found had two drawbacks: they were extremely expensive and looked crappy.
In September 2011, my son moved to Ottawa, Canada (aka Ottograd) to attend Carleton University (aka Cartoon U). Simon loves Ottawa, politics and everything Japanese. I wanted to make him a gift that would remind him of good times in Japan and help him maintain his love of Ottawa through the freezing local winters.
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