Survey Says: Kotatsu Are Getting Less Popular in Japan

Survey Says: Kotatsu Are Getting Less Popular in Japan

Despite their frankly criminal underrepresentation abroad, kotatsu are well known to anime fans. The bed/table/heater hybrids are mainstays of anime households, and generally have at least one sleepy character snuggled partway under it.

However, a survey by found that slightly less than half of responding Japanese households have a kotatsu in them – 448% with and 52% without, to be exact. (Then again, it could just be that the people who have them were too comfy to get up and answer a survey.)

Broken down by prefecture, though, there are some places where the love for kotatsu is still strong. Yamanashi has the highest ownership rate, with 75% of households reporting owning one. Fukushima and Nagano are close behind at 72% each.

The lowest ownership rate goes to Hokkaido (23%), followed by Okinawa (30%) and Tokyo’s metropolitan area (35%).

Many considered it strange that the northerly island of Hokkaido would have not only a lower ownership rate than the southern island of Okinawa (where the temperature rarely dips below 70F), but the lowest rate of Japan as a whole. But there’s a good reason — most houses on the island, where …read more

Aniplex of America Shows Off “Koyomimonogatari” Home Video Release

Aniplex of America Shows Off “Koyomimonogatari” Home Video Release

Koyomimonogatari is heading to North American home video on December 19th. It’s now available for pre-order, and, there’s preview of the package.

Check out the listing at

Coming 12/19


Disc Spec
Spoken Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Cinemascope
Episodes: 12 short episodes
Number of Disc: 2 Blu-ray discs
Total Run Time: approx. 150 min.
Rating: 16 UP

Bonus Contents
PV & CM Collections

Bonus Materials & Package
Deluxe Booklet
Pin-up Postcard Set
Package Illustrated by Akio Watanabe (Character Design)

*Bonus materials subject to change

SRP $89.98
Sales Price $69.98


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'Legends of Tomorrow' Cast Discuss Gorilla Grodd's Role in “Welcome to the Jungle,” Trailer Released

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