The Japanese expression (written 和室 in kanji) for a Japanese-style room. The most important distinguishing feature are the tatami rice straw mats
that cover the floor. If it is a bedroom, the bed is a futon. If it is a living room, the table and chairs are
low, for kneeling or sitting cross-legged. In winter, there usually is a kotatsu. Actually, most washitsu serve as both bedroom and living room, since the futon is rolled together and stored in a closet during the day. Considering the size of most Japanese apartments, this is very, very useful. Western-style rooms are also quite common in Japan and considered more modern and even a bit luxurious, but washitsu carry nostalgia and an atmosphere of comfyness.