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This is similar enough to a very common way of eating in Japan. Of course, any food you can eat with chopsticks is easy to eat at a coffee table as you can lift the bowl or plate with your free hand. Dining while sat on the floor in Japan is a very warm, cosy and friendly affair, and I grew to prefer it to using a dining table.

Obviously, floor cushions help, but you could also try to get hold of leg-less 'floor chairs' which look very sweet and stylish and offer back support to those that might need it. Muji have a very slick looking one. Also useful are electric heated rugs, which keep the floor space cosy and warm in winter. If you can get hold of one, a kotatsu (a heated table with a quilt attached on all sides) is the best for being warm and sociable.

A great option food-wise, particularly in winter, is to get a table-top stove. You can make a one-pot dish at the table for people to share - it's intimate, simple and also keeps people warm. In warmer weather, pancakes are also a lovely treat using a table-top stove. As a nice change from Asian food, I bet paella or quesadillas would also be awesome.


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8/27/10 12:47 AM

I don't have the exact quote with me, but in the Japanese classical text on aesthetics, 'Tsurezuregusa' (Essays on Idleness), it says something along the lines of:

"Only vulgar people want to have a complete set of everything. It is much better to leave a set incomplete. It gives the sense that there is room for improvement."


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8/16/10 05:55 PM

When will we find out who got the job? I want it so badly, the suspense is killing me!


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