The Hidden Benefits of Japanese Tatami — An Interview With Tatami Maker Mr. Tsunekawa

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
9 min readMar 13, 2024

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I had the pleasure to have a talk with Mr. Tsunekawa, a young tatami craftsman. His family has been making tatami for generations in their small, 160 years old workshop in Tokyo. A bit shy at first but soon very talkative, he explained me the qualities that make tatami different from other flooring, and what his job means to him and his…

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.