View Full Version : Do you sleep in a traditional japanese futon?
05-06-2013, 09:44 PM
I was wondering how does it feel to actually sleep on a traditional Japanese futon? Is it like sleeping on a floor? I've been wanting to get a futon for a while, but can't seem to find any place nearby that I can physically go and try out.
I do have an Air mattress that I sleep on.. is the feeling of it similar to a futon? Theirs some futons on amazon that I've been thinking of getting, but then again I don't have access to try it out.
05-07-2013, 04:02 PM
No you don't feel the floor. But in general the perspective does feel like you're sleeping on the floor, if you're not used to it. Its an uber thick sort of blanket, and its comfortable. It feels like throwing yourself into several piles of thick comforters (I'm not sure what they're calledin British English. is it quilts?) ... I'm not actually sure what the contents of the futon are, but they're packed enough that there would be no empty patches where you sink into the hard floor. I've never tried an air mattress, but I'd imagine its springy and slightly hard in a floatation device sort of way, so no, I don't think its the same as an air mattress.
You can fold it up like how you see them in videos and anime, and slightly heavy bec of the filling material.
I'd just like to note, I've only had one sample set for this experience :) It was when I stayed over with a Japanese family and their home in Tokyo for a cultural exchange program, so I'm no expert on the types of futon, but I think it would be a good sample, they're a family of normal means (their house was average sized and not in an opulent neighborhood,etc etc) and they had 5-6 of them in the house (they had 3 kids :)) which I helped the kids to fold up every morning :)
05-11-2013, 02:25 AM
Just visited Japan and I've slept on futons from budget hotels all the way to hot-spring hotels :)
If you do intend to get a futon, remember to get another thin mattress to put under the actual foam futon. So its extra comfy and you don't feel the floor one bit. It feels like sleeping on a soft mattress because of the foam layer on top.
Hope this helps?
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