Japanese Spa Style Dining Decor a la Tobira Myojinkan

Those of you who visited us Monday, know that this week we’re featuring two Japanese spas as part of our 2011 Spa Tour to pay tribute to Japanese culture in the wake of the disaster.  Tobira Onsen Myojinkan was the first!

This low table or Kotatsu, as its called in Japan, has a secret!

Tobira’s traditional dining room reflects classic asian decor with a low table (called a Kotatsu) and low chairs (called Zaisu).  I don’t know about you, but I adore sitting low. . . I’m always lounging on the floor at home and throwing indoor picnics – any excuse to be close to the earth.  It just feels so cozy!

SpaHome It!

I can so see this also working for extra dining space when your company bursts the dining room or in a child’s play room!

And, guess what?  This low table holds a secret!  A built in heater that fits underneath AND you can buy futons to fit under the top (which lifts up) to keep even cozier – wow genius!

Finding a Kotatsu and the accompanying Zaires is not so easy in the US.  Here is the most stylish one I could ferret for you:

Kotatsu from J Life International

And the matching Zaisu

Both are from J Life International – pay them a visit for the accompanying heater and optional futon!

or Make it Yourself!

If you have a carpenter at your disposal or are even just a bit handy yourself, why not try making your own?  Then you can style it just as you like.  eHow has supereasy step by step instructions here.

Live, love and lounge, Candy

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