Cyber-Tatami: “The Foreigners Will Love This!”


Tatami flooring boasting embedded LED lighting has been wowing many Japanese online with its overpowering cyber-wafuu styling.

Though in Japanese homes tatami are increasingly relegated to a token Japanese style room and seem to be fast disappearing from new apartments, they remain indispensable in more traditional spaces.

This and the rather strong styling has led to no small scepticism amongst actual Japanese as to whether they will catch on, although the general reception seems positive enough:

“The sort of Japan the foreigners will love…”

“Actually they are surprisingly pretty!”

“Total Ghost in the Shell!”

“What is this, the Matrix?”

“Far too cool, can’t imagine sticking a kotatsu on these…”

“Not very relaxing though.”

“Looks like the stage from a fighting game.”

“Wouldn’t mind sleeping on these with a futon.”

“Would love to get these in my place.”

“Could be good in a Japanese style ‘health’ establishment!”

“Taratino will love these.”

“Looks like a scene from an American B-movie.”

“These people don’t understand wabisabi at all, do they?”

“This is total SF!”

“Just make them glow pink and the atmosphere will be rather different…”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 24/10/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I just hope no one will get electrocuted from the floor...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 24/10/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Nothin' a good old Nikita won't knock out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I the only one that got this joke? hahaha good stuff good stuff!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    MGS joke, hehe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But that isn't anywhere in Alaska, or even an oil refinery in New York.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A small price to pay for the awesomeness

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can totally imagine it.

    Human electrocuted due to Green Tea spilled onto LED tatami

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    or kids still peeing while asleep but it would be a lot funnier if teenagers sleeping on it while having some wet dreams.

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    Comment by Imyou
    09:21 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    *bzz, pop*

    "mmh... Biribiri... so bold..."


    "zzz... *snort* HUH? WAAAAH! MAH WEENIE'S ROASTIN!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, that's totally safe.

    A living body has far too high an electrical resistance, as that electricity would flow up all the way to the body's heart or brain, then back down again to the earth.

    Why do you think we don't see that many birds fried from sitting on high-tension lines?

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    Comment by Imyou
    09:17 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    To put it in nicer terms that anon, the birds are ok because they're not creating a circuit. Even if the line is highly charged, they touch the wire and reach the same electrical potential as it. It's like how if you're in the middle of an empty room you can hold a Van de Graaf generator as it charges up and your hair will stand up, but you'll be ok... but then if you touch a grounded line like a sink, it will at least seriously hurt as you discharge (and worse if the generator keeps charging you.)

    Put more simply, it's for the same reason you can use an uninsulated metal screwdriver and no gloves to connect the +(?) terminal of a car battery... but if you do so while the - terminal's connected and you touch the car... it's gonna zap you.

    But... yeah, this setup is probably somewhere around 3V, 20mA. If the wires were exposed, you'd probably have to be pretty wet to complete the circuit, and even then, it'd just go through the bottom of your foot and probably not even be felt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    -because they're not getting GROUNDED when sitting on a single wire, you idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course they are; the wire will eventually lead to the ground, after all. Even the air can conduct electricity (Lightning, anyone?), it's just that air offers way too much resistance, as that electricity would ever choose to travel through it instead of wires which offer only little resistance. Why go through the air, if following the cable is so much easier?

    Similarly, why travel through a human, if the tatami is full of wires that are so much easier to travel through? And why travel through a bird?

    If you were to cut the cable exactly between the bird's legs, so that electricity would have to either travel through the bird or the air, you can almost definitely expect fried bird meat; proof enough that birds are grounded even when sitting on a single wire.

    Now who's the idiot?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    LEDs have solid pastic coating. They don't shatter like most other electric lights.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the idea

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe if it was made in China, it's not right...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like Explosions

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That happens with normal tatami made in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:22 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    that happens with everything made in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    made in china....

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    Comment by kintama00
    15:21 24/10/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    “Just make them glow pink and the atmosphere will be rather different…”


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    White is better for upskirt lighting.

    13:49 24/10/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Will jizz be more visible, like under a blacklight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. LEDs emit in a very narrow spectrum, depending on the semiconductor material. If you can see the light, it's not emitting in UV.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hate tatami. They're really uncomfortable to sit on because you get the pattern ingrained into your skin for a while afterwards, and they need to be cleaned - as in taken off the floor one by one and beaten outside- every other month or so or they start to stink. They dont smell that great when they're clean either. It's not a big mystery or 'waahh evil westernization' when more and more Japanese people are preferring wooden floors or carpet.

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    Comment by Imyou
    09:23 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd love to have a washitsu with the requisite tatami flooring... but yeah, I've heard a lot of traditional stuff is like that. Japanese are puzzled by Westerners who want to come to Japan and live in a traditional Japanese house because they're cold, drafty, and generally inconvenient. I've heard you have to be kind of tough to live in one day to day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:37 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno, I actually like tatamis. Sleep on them is good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fighting game stages generally look awesome, therefore I am absolutely in favor of making as many places resemble them as possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    how matrix... lame

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    Comment by MuChaDo
    00:20 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The room still looks rather dingy even with the whole floor lit up.

    It might be useful for cat feeding rituals like in the pic, but not much else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shut up and take my money !

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glowing Tatami? Oh that's where they are hiding their nuclear waste then.

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    Comment by Dia
    23:39 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cooler than ordinary tatami, but still not all that cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I much prefer the traditional look over this nonsense.

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    Comment by Wierd Guy
    09:43 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great idea smash the floor glass and get electricuted

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just make a sci-fi movie with it and let the regular version back ! traditionnal tatami will always be better !

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    With the way things are being handled in Japan, everything there will eventually have embedded lighting... if you know what I mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the way i see it none of you smart asses even know what leds are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Light Emitting Diodes. Your move, faggot.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    13:57 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Facepalm* ..... Oh, Japan...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 25/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So are they made of cyber-straw, or what ?

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    Comment by Imyou
    09:32 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I suspect they are. Just looking at that photo, I'm guessing there's a strip of LEDs along one edge, and maybe some plastic fiber optic cable woven into the straw.

    It doesn't seem to spread that well though... If they don't already do it, I think they could take a cue from LCD displays and add a reflector underneath them, with some thin, paperlike material in between to diffuse the light a bit. I kind of like this effect though - it makes them look a bit deeper than just the surface you usually see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks pretty neat but I don't think it'll be any large attraction to foreigners. Futuristic looking though.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:29 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually that looks kinda awesome.

    If they're durable and not a fire hazard I'd totally buy some.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, I like the traditional tatami mats better. Doesn't cost so much as that and it doesn't contribute to pollution by means of production.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF. LED is as cheap as dirt and the electricity it consumes is VERY VERY low. Uninformative people these days...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shut up hippie these things are worth it

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I will say the mats would be ideal for a movie ambient effect. Not just Ghost in the Shell but even for other sci-fi movies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Total Ghost in the Shell!”

    First thing that came to mind.

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    13:04 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awesome ... looks like something out of TRON. Do want!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 24/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those floor looks like a giant electric stove designed to cook everyone in that room alive

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