Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

How much do you want a kotatsu this winter? Everyone's loving these Japanese heated bed-tables

bellemaisonkotatsu1.jpg

“Inside good. Outside BAD.”

We're firmly of the belief that there is absolutely nothing wrong with embracing your inner Joey Tribbiani in winter, especially when getting home after work. Shut the door on the rain and cold, load up a plate with cheese and settle down in comfort (massive dressing gown and guilty pleasure TV optional).

You might think you're pretty good at your ‘hygge’ routine (the Danish word for that particular feeling of comfort and cosiness), but perhaps you haven't come across the Japanese kotatsu.

With central heating not as prevalent in Japan as it is elsewhere, the kotatsu is a table with one or two attached covers to snuggle into and a heat source, commonly electric but sometimes charcoal, designed to warm your lower body while eating or sleeping and thus keeping the rest of you in blissful comfort too.

That's our Christmas list sorted. Now, who can we install in the kitchen to churn out some Slater recipes?

Related

292_GOURMET_WREATH.jpg

Bake two traditional Scandi classics

pay-rise.jpg

How to ask for a pay rise as women 'work for free' until end of year

greek-mexican-comfort-foods-indian_edited-2.jpg

How comfort food looks around the world, plus recipes to try at home

Wine.jpg

Five new red wines you need to know about this autumn

ThinkstockPhotos-178445186.jpg

Anxious? Stylist explores the paralysing effects of anxiety

meditation.jpg

How to use mindfulness to reduce stress in just 15 minutes

BEANZ_rt.jpg

“We need it to make us feel better” Nigel Slater's ode to comfort food

92568949.jpg

Fancy a cuppa? How to make the perfect cup of tea

478689623.jpg

Simple ways to reduce stress through the senses

Comments

More

“How Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington gave my generation a voice"

The musician leaves a lasting legacy

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

The grossly sexist ads we can’t believe exist in the 21st century

From a Co-op egg to that deeply offensive Protein World poster

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

How your Love Island obsession is wreaking havoc with your health

Experts have genuinely issued a warning…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

Boots won’t cut morning-after pill price because we can’t be trusted

Cheaper emergency contraception? Unprotected sex party at ours, everyone!

by Amy Swales
21 Jul 2017

Did Japan’s First Lady pretend not to speak English to ignore Trump?

Akie Abe, we salute you.

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Jul 2017

This 'Beer For Her' has managed to offend everyone on Twitter

Apparently womankind can only ever drink from pink receptacles

by Megan Murray
21 Jul 2017

This Instagram account is aiming to break the miscarriage taboo

Women are coming together to share their stories of loss

by Megan Murray
21 Jul 2017

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who salary revealed after gender pay gap row

And it may surprise you…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Jul 2017

Quiz: which famous duo are you and your work wife?

It’s time to find out, once and for all, who you and your work wife really are…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Jul 2017

You’ve been making your tea wrong this whole time, reveal tea experts

Wait, what?

by Jasmine Andersson
20 Jul 2017