Thursday, December 13, 2007


After 6 years here, I finally bought one. Actually, I didn't know about them until recently. Yutanpo is the Japanese version of a hot water bottle. They are made of totan (tin), yes, like the totan roofs some of our houses have in Hawaii. There are plastic yutanpo too, but I think the metal ones hold the heat longer.

This one is about 12 inches long and 10 inches wide and holds about 3 liters of water. Heat water to just before boiling. Add it carefully to the yutanpo, cork it tightly and slide it into the fabric bag.

Be careful! If the water is too hot, you could get mild burns.

It is best to put the yutanpo into your bed to warm it up, then when you are ready to sleep, take it out. This is to prevent burning yourself while sleeping.

In the morning, the water should still be warm, and you can use it to wash your face or dishes.

I'm hugging mine as I type.


Jenny said...

How interesting! I wish we had cold enough weather to do this...really I do! :)

Kathy YL Chan said...

Awww, the last sentence, "I'm hugging mine as I type" - just put the biggest smile on my face :)

Rowena said...

That is so cool! My husband told me last week that his grandparents used to take hot embers from the fire and put it into a sort of metal box before placing it at the foot of the bed. He kidded with me that perhaps we could do that when we finally get a fireplace but then I said, "You kidding? There's gonna be ashes everywhere, no?" hee hee

K and S said...

I'm jealous of your weather, Jenny!

Glad to send you a warm fuzzy post, Kathy!

Gosh, I would have burned the house down if I had to put embers in, Rowena!

Take care everyone.

Chibog in Chief said...

i never had one..what i miss in japan during cold season is kotatsu.. :-)

warm hugs n kisses,

K and S said...


We haven't used our kotatsu for years now, winters are still a bit warmer than when we first got here.

Take care.

ilingc said...

oh! how cute! Your last sentence on hugging it as you type brought a smile to my face too when I read it :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I could use this water bottle. :-)


KirkK said...

Hey Kat - For some reason, I initially thought it looked like a hand grenade...... Looks good, and probably better than the two dogs I've been using to keep me warm!

K and S said...

Glad to send a smile, Ilingc.

I wonder if they have these in the U.S., Paz??

Hey Kirkk, I guess it does look like a grenade. I'd take the two dogs to keep me warm if our building allowed pets :)

Take care all.

Bea said...

Oh cute, I used to have one like this too in France. I am sure my mum still has it somewhere.

K and S said...

Ooh I wonder if yours is smaller or larger, Bea? Would be cute to see the one you used to use.

Take care.

lina said...

nothing beats a nice warm bed and a hot water bottle. I had one when I was in boarding school... I think I made it explode doing god knows what!

K and S said...

Lina, Oh my!

Take care.

Monique said...

Ah... it may sound cruel but I can't bring myself to think about cold weather! =P

In any case, keep warm!

K and S said...

It is not cruel at all, Monique! :)

Take care.