A hinoki Japanese cypress tree

Hinoki wood : The tree of the sun

Experience the Soothing Serenity of Hinoki Wood

A sacred wood

monk walking inside a Japanese temple wooden gate

Hinoki is considered one of the most precious and elegant wood species in Japan. A Japanese cedar that can reach 40 meters in height and 1 meter in width, it is found only in this geographical area. being extremely weather resistant, Hinoki cedar has been used for over 1000 years in the construction of Buddhist temples and shinto shrines carpentry. Besides, the Horyuji temple located in the ancient capital of Japan, Nara, was built about 1300 years ago and has since kept 65% of its original structure.

As a species that is extremely resistant to weathering and the vagaries of time, it is one of the most popular woods in the world. As a result, many everyday objects are made from Hinoki wood, such as wall panels, parquet flooring, bathtubs, sculptures, bathroom items, kitchen plates, sushi board, furniture and even tennis tables. Thanks to this special material, with its delicate reflections and refined aroma, these objects stand out in their environment in an unique way.

Hinoki wood is a prized material for Japanese crafts due to its unique characteristics and cultural significance. This type of wood comes from the Hinoki cypress tree, which is native to Japan and is considered a sacred tree in Japanese culture.

One of the key reasons why Hinoki wood is good for making natural Japanese craft products is its durability. Hinoki wood is known for its exceptional resistance to decay, insects, and moisture, making it a popular choice for construction and furniture making. This durability also means that Hinoki wood products can last for generations, making them an excellent investment for those who appreciate high-quality, long-lasting craftsmanship.

In addition to its durability, Hinoki wood is prized for its beauty. It has a warm, golden color and a distinctive, spicy scent that is instantly recognizable. This scent is believed to have a calming effect on the mind and body, making Hinoki wood products ideal for use in spas and other relaxation settings.

Finally, Hinoki wood is also associated with traditional Japanese craftsmanship and is used in many cultural and religious practices. For example, Hinoki wood is often used to build traditional Japanese temples and shrines, and is also used to make special wooden barrels for storing sake.

In summary, Hinoki wood is a popular material for Japanese crafts due to its durability, beauty, and cultural significance. Its unique characteristics make it an ideal choice for those who appreciate high-quality, natural materials and traditional craftsmanship.

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Hygroscopic wood

Hinoki wood is white with a slightly reddish glow giving it a natural shine and a very soft texture. It has an extremally fine grain and durable core holding up well in humid environments. It is very popular in the Japanese bathroom where it is used to make wooden bathtubs and also buckets, stools and even soap racks as the aroma of Hinoki produces a soothing effect and gives the impression of being in cypress forest.

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Japan is a particularly hot and humid country in summer, with a long rainy season and often in the path of typhoons from the Pacific Ocean, so wooden structures must be able to withstand the ravages of the weather or they will warp and crack. But thanks to the unique natural properties of Japanese cedar, which has a fine grain, it does not warp easily and is therefore used to make sacred places that must be able to withstand time and humid climate.

Also an anti-mold, antibacterial and mite proof effects.

Furthermore, Hinoki wood has anti-mold and antibacterial properties. Thanks to its humidity regulation function, the formation of mold and bacteria growth can be suppressed and that's why many sushi bar ans restaurant make their counter from hinoki tree and also serving sushi on hinoki board. Hinoki's fragrance producing substance has also been proven to continuously control mites. These characteristics make it great choice for products in the home.

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Relaxing wood

Do you know the effects of phytoncide? Phytoncide is the set of volatile organic antimicrobial compounds released into the air by trees and plants to defend themselves against pathogenic micro-organisms. They are present in the surrounding air and are inhaled. They are considered to be beneficial to human health and are valued by those who enjoy "Shinrin-yoku", forest baths, for their soothing and relaxing effects.

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