Nowadays, tatami has become such a representative of Japan in France that there is a new word, "Tatamize". Tatamize is a new word taken from Tatami. I think that in the past, the only image of Japan was the stereotypical image, such as Mount Fuji and a Geisha so on. But in France, Japan is now so well known that even the Japanese flooring material, called tatami, is now common knowledge. Therefore. To be able to speak Japanese well is now called "tatamize", which means that tatami has become a symbol of Japan in France.