Sunday, December 4, 2011

Junko's Castle

It's getting colder and we bought a kotatsu this weekend. In case you don't know, a kotatsu is a table with a heater beneath and a blanket over the top to keep your legs warm. After setting it up, Junko declared it's her "castle" and spends as much time there as she can. She kindly lets the kids use it. There's a pun joke in Japan. The word for snail is katasumuri, but people who like to sit under the kotatsu all day are referred to as "kotatsu-muri". The favorite activity is to sit, watching TV and devour a bowl of mikan, winter oranges. I think it feels great, but don't particularly like sitting on the floor without something behind me.

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