What is tatami in Japan?
The mats placed on the floor for the Japanese Tea Ceremony are call tatami mats. The size of the mat depends on the area of Japan: in the area around Tokyo the standard measurement is 1.76m x 0.88m (Edoma tatami); in the Nagoya area the size is 1.82m x 0.91m (Ainomai tatami) and in the Kyoto region the size is 1.91m x 0.955 (Kyōma tatami). Therefore, although the sizes differ, the mats are always in…
Tatami. Platforms are an Asian tradition shared by Central Asia, India and East Asia. Low platform beds in the Japanese tatami-style are popular as far apart as in Mexico (Habita hotels). A tatami bed is made of interlocking frames and can be assembled quite fast without any brackets or screws. Normal mattresses or tatami mats are then placed on this 'reinforced box.'
They do not have a pair of slippers for each room; they typically have one pair of slippers for use around the home, and one pair of slippers for use in the bathroom. This is to promote generally cleanliness around the house, as wearing one's shoes in the house would track in dirt and filth from the outside. In rooms with tatami flooring, you should not wear slippers, as the tatami can be easily damaged.