Before you purchase any futon, please take the time to investigate a little more. Our Japanese futon are made in Kochi, Japan in a factory owned and operated by a true futon master, Master Ikeuchi. He has been making futon for over 50 years. Of course he doesn't make every futon, these days, but his son and son-in-law (who he personally trained for decades) do. And if you understand Japanese craftsmanship, then you know that nothing goes out the door that Master Ikeuchi wouldn't be proud to put his name on—his reputation is everything to him! Even in Japan, there are plenty of machine-made, mass-produced cheaper futon available. Just because it says, "Made in Japan" is no guarantee of quality. However, when we say "Traditional Japanese Futon," we mean exactly that. Over 50 years of experience goes into every shikibuton & kakebuton we sell on FutonBedsFromJapan.com.
- The purchasing experience with FutonBedsFromJapan.com is superb. Any questions or special requests are met with a prompt and thoughtful reply. Dean quickly gained my trust concerning futon so I was happy to expand my purchase to include zabuton and kushyon. The quality of the products are as promised, and I now am enjoying a slice of the look, feel and smell of traditional Japan. Thanks Dean, for sharing the joy of this exceptional craftsmanship with me!
- Unfortunately, becoming uncomfortable is only part of the problem with a foam futon Mattress. Go wander through a foam factory for a half-hour or so and it won't take long for you to realize there are some nasty chemicals involved in the production of foam. Of course this industry has been forced to make some changes in the chemicals they've used over the years (as the hole in our ozone continued to grow!), but that doesn't mean that this billion-dollar industry just rolled over like a puppy and became "green." (That's what lobbyists are for, right?) Frankly, with today's technology that isn't really possible. But generally, if you're sticking a product in a box with a couple of custom foam end-caps to protect it while it ships, this isn't really that big of a problem. However . . . does that mean that you're can safely spend every night sleeping on foam? Take a little time doing a Google search for the terms "off-gassing" or "out gassing" as it is also called and you will quickly began to see that poly foam as a bedding choice is not a good idea.