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کرسی(Korsi) and Kotatu

Posted by japansmallpotatoes on November 28, 2009

One winter in the 1980’s, I was invited to home of a business acquaintance Mr. Shoraka in Tehran, Iran and I was surprised to see کرسی (Korsi) in his rather smaller room. 

Traditional house of Japan is made of woods and papers and, therefore, its airtightness is not good.  So, a central heating equipment was not developped in Japan and we used to have a Kotatu which is area (or personal) heating equipment when I was young. Heating source was charcoal at that time, which is naturally replaced with electricity by now. Kotatu is unique to the region and I think there are no similar equipments in the neighbour countries:  Korea and China.   

Iran’s Korsi is exactly same as our Kotatsu. You can see the similarity in the attached pictures. The above two pictures are picked up from Persian web sites and below two paintings are made in Japan’s Edo period (about 200 years ago).   


3 Responses to “کرسی(Korsi) and Kotatu”

  1. Zagros said

    Awesome I thought only Iran had korsi looks like Japanese ppl are people of goof taste as well 🙂

    • Dear Zagros,
      Thank you for your comment. This winter is rather cold in Japan and I am writing this mail on my “kotatsu”. How is the weather over there? Zagros Mountains should be all covered by snow. Honda  

  2. Shuan said

    This is indeed interesting. Couple of weeks ago I recieved email from a Japanese friend who told me about making Kotatsu at home, when I saw the photo I got surprise, it was Korsi!!! (^_^)
    When I was a child we had an electric one at home in Northwest Iran, with a big lamp under the table that would radiate heat. Thanks for sharing the interesting explanation and images. Arigato!

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