The Shichitoui Grass: Special Grass Used To Make Tatami

Dried Shichitoui Glass for Tatami

Dried shichitoui grass for tatami

Shichitoui cross-section for Tatami

Shichitoui grass for tatami

Dried flower of Shichitoui Glass for Tatami

Dried shichitoui flower for tatami

Shichitoui Glass for Chair top

Shichitoui grass used on the seat of the chair

Shichitoui grass is the special igusa grass (grass for tatami) only found on the Kunisaki peninsula. Shichitoui grass has a triangular cross-sectional surface while other igusa grass have a round cross-sectional surface. Shichitoui grass has been used for weaving high-quality, durable sheets mainly for tatami mats. Weaving this special grass require traditional techniques. Even expert farmers are only able to weave 1 or 2 tatami sheets.

Shichitoui is well-known for its durability. It is used for seats of chairs, sandals, cup saucers and other kitchen related goods. If you have a chance to visit the Oita airport, please visit the kids area on the 2nd floor. The tatami is made out of shichitoui grass.

Shichitoui Gakusha (Shichitoui School)

Shichitoui Gakusha (Shichitoui School)

For your information :

Name of Facility : Shichitoui Gakusha (Shichitoui School)
Address : 3209 Tomisawa, Akichou, Kunisaki-shi, Oita

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Photograph and text by meguru hayata