Tatami It is a term whose origins are found in the language Japanese It is a surface on which various practices are practiced Martial Arts and certain activities are carried out in Japanese houses.
The tatami is a mat that is usually made with straw , although currently there are also tatamis made with Synthetic materials . The traditional design of Japanese homes contemplates various precepts when arranging tatamis in a ambient .
Specifically, it must be stated that the traditional and classic tatami of Japan is characterized by the following particularities:
-It is made with what is rice straw that is then coated by another natural product such as bamboo igusa.
-If it was so present in many homes, and it still is in others, it is precisely because the tatami of that type not only gives warmth but also a pleasant feeling of comfort and the necessary hardness.
There are many companies, both in Japan and abroad, that do not hesitate to resort to the manufacture of tatamis. These, in order to ensure the health and safety of their customers, what they do is offer them the guarantees that their products have a sanitary certificate that goes on to record that the rice straw and bamboo used do not possess bacteria or Bugs of any kind.
At first, the tatami was an accessory that was in the homes of the families of better economic position, since it allowed to cover the floor land . Over time its use was extended and acquired other characteristics. The tea ceremony , for example, is performed on a tatami.
The tatamis also earned a place in martial arts. sports As the karate and the judo they are usually practiced on a tatami: competitors, therefore, step on their surface while fighting.
It is called tatami iwashi , on the other hand, to a gastronomic preparation made with sardines (A class of fish ). Its preparation involves drying the sardines in the sun and then intertwining them together, forming a kind of leaf.
Once armed the Iwashi tatami, it can be cut and used in different dishes . It is possible to use the Iwashi tatami as an appetizer or in soups, to name a few possibilities.
The tatami iwashi is also considered as sakana : an accompaniment of alcoholic beverages such as sake . In this sense, the product plays a role similar to Spanish tapas.
This dish is worth highlighting several interesting facts:
-Receive his name tatami because it aesthetically resembles the mentioned rice straw carpets of Japan.
-Can be cut in different sizes.
-It becomes one of the most frequent snacks offered in Japanese restaurants to accompany a beer.
In the same way, we cannot forget that Tatami is also the name of a Japanese restaurant in the city of Santander that receives it because diners enjoy their meals while sitting or lying on those mentioned classic straw carpets.