Obaachan no Makura

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translation: My Grandmother’s Pillows

I went through some of Marie Kondo’s cleaning methods recently and decluttered a lot of my house. It felt.. amazing! Some might say I got a little carried away, because I threw out my bulky futon couch and replaced it with this tatami mat. But, I don’t miss my couch at all, and my apartment smells wonderful, just like my grandmother’s tatami rooms.

I remember the pillows at my grandmother’s house. They were full of something like a bunch of small beans and they were kind of hard, nothing like the fluffy pillows in America. I looked it up, and found out that they were filled with buckwheat hulls. To complement the new addition to my apartment, I recently finished sewing 2 meditation pillows filled with these buckwheat hulls. Making them was super easy, I kind of followed this instructable, using a cast iron pan as a guide to make the circles for the seating part,

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but made additional covers so I could wash them:

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I’ll forever miss my childhood summers at my grandmother’s house but being able to bring a little of it back into my life everyday brings me a lot of joy!

Inna Shteinbuk

Inna Shteinbuk

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