Futon Beaters (2004-09-25)

Japanese women like to air futon mattresses on balconies on sunny days and then beat the living daylight of them with special futon beaters.  Many believe the beating gets rid of dust, dust mites and nasty bits and pieces clinging on the futons.  So on sunny afternoons, I can hear Paak Paak Paak all around our apartment as people beat away at their futons. 

Housewives should save this chore for their salarymen husbands who have stressful jobs.  The beating can help to relieve some tension just like westerners do with punching bags.  Pretending the futon to be someone they hate would even make the task doubly enjoyable.

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