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 (tä-tä′mē, tə-)
n. pl. tatami or ta·ta·mis
Straw matting used as a floor covering especially in a Japanese house.

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(təˈtɑːmɪ; tæˈtæmɪ)
n, pl -mi or -mis
(Furniture) a thick rectangular mat of woven straw, used as a standard to measure a Japanese room
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(təˈtɑ mi)

n., pl. -mi, -mis.
a thick, woven straw mat of uniform dimensions used in Japanese houses as a floor covering.
[1895–1900; < Japanese, n. use of v.: to fold up]
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Each room features tatami mat flooring-woven reeds with a straw core.
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Students sat on the floor in a circle around the tatami mat where ikebana was displayed.
Within this contextual framework, the architect applied mature rigour to the spatial and tectonic order of the house, basing the 5.4m square floor plans on the 900 x 1800mm module of the tatami mat and enveloping this grid with two clearly articulated perimeter zones for structure and cladding.
So the Kansai has lifestyle, design and cost of living advantages, but it still isn't enough to bring a tide of gaijin entrepreneurs from the Big Tatami Mat. What's missing is critical mass: There just isn't enough of a network to create a mini-Manhattan or Soho.
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