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ABOUT HINOKI

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For the spirit

Thousands of years ago, before shrines were even built, Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess was worshipped in the form of the sacred hinoki tree. Many temples and shrines are built with the sacred Hinoki wood for spiritual reasons in addition to structural and natural insect-repelling advantages.

  

Ise Jingu is a Shinto shrine built entirely out of hinoki and made without the use of any nails. The shrine is rebuilt and torn down every 20 years in an 8-year process called Shikinen Sengu. Rebuilding the shine gives it new energy and pieces of the old shrines are distributed to other shrines across Japan to instill new energy into them.

World heritage temple, Horyuji Temple , Nara , Japan is known for the world's oldest surviving wooden structures. Made with Hinoki wood.

Hinoki wood, once it is timbered, it increases its strength by 30% over 300 years and decreases after 500 to 1,000 years. The 1,300 year-old temple now has about the same strength as new Hinoki wood.


For the body

Hinoki wood is often used to construct traditional Japanese bathtubs. Soaking in a warm Hinoki tub is a full sensory experience with the smooth wood texture, the steaming hinoki fragrance, and the warm water. The wood’s therapeutic properties relieve tension and stress, is a decongestant, soothes and heals bites, cuts, stings, scrapes, and burns. Read more about Japanese bathhouses here.  

Hinoki Tree

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Native to central Japan, Hinoki is a slow-growing tree which grows 35m tall with a trunk up to 1m in diameter.

High in Phytoncide organic compound, Hinoki contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties that means its resistant to moisture, rot, and insects.

The Hinoki trunk has red bark. The name Hinoki comes from the japanese Hi-no-ki. Hi signifying fire and ki meaning tree.

For everyday


Many Japanese objects are made of hinoki wood.

The traditional masu cup was used to measure rice and soy sauce, and more recently, it is used to serve sake. The hinoki adds a subtle citrus scent to the drink.

Other objects include cutting boards, large hangiri to mix sushi rice, bathmats, furniture, and storage boxes.

         

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