Modern Living: The Moving Beddo

Going to bed in Japan these days often requires a good night's sleep in advance. No more can the weary traveler anticipate curling up on the traditional straw mat, bundled between layers of silken spreads—or even on a regular bed, which is still rare in Japan. Instead, he is likely to find himself a helpless passenger aboard a vehicle that sways from side to side, swoops abruptly to the ceiling, or flips up and down in three-quarter time. For a beddo only sounds like a bed. In fact, it is an electronic adventure.

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