Several people have written to me about bed thwacking, explaining that this is a traditional practice in their country.
Here’s one of the emails from Japan, which mentions something I forgot to include in my last blog, about how wonderful it is to air mattresses in the sun. This is also a practice in Bali, and something I do regularly in my own home. The email says:
I found your bed thwacking article quite interesting. This is basically what happens traditionally in Japan on a daily basis. Futons are usually hung out on the balcony in full sun and at the end of the day are whacked with bamboo whackers, and the dust flies. My Japanese husband says that the sun gets rid of bacteria, germs, etc.
One of my American friends, married to a Japanese, lives out in the country and puts all the futons in her home outside periodically. They dry out, get very warm and fluffy, and smell of the sun! She said her son calls them “cloud beds” on those days 🙂
Sadly for us a 3-storey house was built just behind our home and we no longer have the sun. So we now accomplish this with an electric futon warmer, which is essentially a bag of hot air inserted between the top and bottom futon. Then I take it outside and whack it but it still doesn’t smell of the sun. I’m actually thinking of putting them out on a fence in the public park right outside our house. It might be scandalous but I so miss the smell of the sun.
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