Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hotel Discoveries

Some interesting finds in our hotel room:

A tatami (畳) is a type of mat used as a flooring material in traditional Japanese-style rooms. Traditionally made of rice straw to form the core (though nowadays sometimes the core is composed of compressed wood chip boards or polystyrene foam), with a covering of woven soft rush straw.

Tatami is derived from the verb tatamu, meaning to fold or pile. This indicates that the early tatami were thin and could be folded up when not used or piled in layers. Tatami were originally a luxury item for the nobility. Rooms completely spread with tatami came to be known as zashiki (literally, room spread out for sitting), and rules concerning seating and etiquette determined the arrangement of the tatami in the rooms. It is said that prior to the mid-16th century, the ruling nobility and samurai slept on tatami, while commoners used straw mats or loose straw for bedding. The lower classes had mat-covered dirt floors. Tatami were gradually popularized and finally reached the homes of commoners toward the end of the 17th century. (Source)

The milk is good for more than a month. Today at the commissary I saw milk good for two months!

Our hotel came with one packet of coffee. Apparently the Marine Corps has their own brand of brew. It was not good.

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