Winter in Japan can be pretty brutal. It gets cold, very cold, and most buildings in Japan are only lightly insulated. It’s no wonder, then, that people (and cats!) tend to want to hibernate in one cosy, warm spot during winter. One option is the kotatsu, a table with a thick padded blanket and heater underneath, which you use to toast your legs and feet during those cold winter months. The only problem is that they don’t really do anything to keep your upper body warm. Some people compensate by also wearing a thick padded housecoat inside during the winter, but wouldn’t it be great if you could use the kotatsu’s warmth to heat your entire body? Well, now you can, thanks to this new “wearable kotatsu” designed by Hatra!
The design comprises an innovative blanket with built-in zip-up hoodie parts, one for each side of the table.
▼ Just look at the luxury!
▼ He looks as snug as a bug in a rug!
Officially dubbed the “Kotatsu Parka” by the design team, it retails for 255,000 yen (US$2,200). Yikes! (Hmm, we wonder what would happen if we just grabbed a pair of scissors and stitched a cheap hoodie to our own kotatsu blankets?)
If, like me, you’re one of those people who also loves to sleep half-under their kotatsu (which probably isn’t recommended), you could almost literally spend all winter under one of these things. If it wasn’t for the undeniable human need for potty breaks and snack runs, that is. Darn.