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 WeatherNews.jp 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
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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 http://aniplexusa.com/koyomimonogatari/
KOYOMIMONOGATARI Blu-ray Set
■ 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
■ PV & CM Collections
Bonus Materials & Package
■ Deluxe Booklet
■ Pin-up Postcard Set
■ Package Illustrated by Akio Watanabe (Character Design)
*Bonus materials subject to change
Sales Price $69.98
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