Komatsu’s of the 21st century
From the fourteenth century, many Japanese began to have a small mobile home, kotatsu, a low, heated table with a thick blanket that prevents any heat from escaping, allowing the person’s well-being during the colder months.
Three centuries later, the kotatsu became fixed on the ground and, in fact, never ceased to be fashionable. Today, kotasus have built-in electric heaters and have evolved into various forms. Many of them are placed in the middle of sofas and allow their occupants to turn them into beds, which gives way in view of the shortage of space of the Japanese apartments.
In a country where the thermal insulation of dwellings is almost non-existent, Kotatsus are important allies of Japanese welfare. Here are some examples, published by Bored Panda, some with built-in tables.