Made of woven soft rush straw, and traditionally packed with rice straw, tatami are made in individual mats of uniform size and shape, bordered by brocade or plain green cloth.

Historical Tatami (OOC)

There are various rules concerning the number and layout of tatami mats; an inauspicious layout is said to bring bad fortune. In homes, the mats must not be laid in a grid pattern, and in any layout there is never a point where the corners of three or four mats touch.

Tatami mats are associated with Japanese religious rites and the Tea ceremony. Tatami are also used when training Japanese martial arts, such as judo, for protective purposes.

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