The Hinoki (Japanese cypress) aroma collection captures the essence of Japanese nature. Exploring the basic scent of Japanese culture will uncover new sources of inspiration. Experience a feeling of restoration and sense of tranquility with Hinoki's elegant, warm, woody aroma with a clean soft note of citrus. Valued for its fragrance, beauty, spiritual and therapeutic properties, the Japanese hinoki has been used in the construction of temples, shrines, and baths in Japan for centuries as well as in practical every day modern applications.
Thousands of years ago, before shrines were even built, Amaterasu, the female Shinto god was worshipped in the form of the sacred hinoki tree. Even when the wood is cut down or milled, it is still thought to maintain its spiritual essence. Many temples and shrines are traditionally built with the sacred Hinoki wood for spiritual reasons in addition to structural and practical advantages.
Ise Jingu, Mie Prefecture
Ise Jingu is a Shinto Shrine built entirely out of hinoki wood and structured traditionally without the use of any nails. The reason why this shrine only uses hinoki wood instead of any other is because of its unique spiritual properties. Over 2,000 years ago, Ise Jingu shrine was originally built entirely out of 12,000 200-400 year old hinoki cypress logs. Ise Jingu 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, Ho-ryu-ji temple in Nara, 1,400 years old
High in "Phytoncide" organic compound, Hinoki is known for healing abilities and is resistant to moisture, rot, and insects containing antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Native to central Japan, Hinoki is a slow-growing tree which grows 35m tall with a trunk up to 1m in diameter.
The Hinoki trunk has red bark. The name “Hinoki” comes from the japanese “Hi-no-ki”. “ Hi” signifying fire and “ki” meaning tree makes “Fire tree”!
Hinoki relieves tension and stress, has a decongestant effect, soothes and heals bites, cuts, stings, scrapes, and burns. Hinoki wood is also often used to construct traditional bathtubs that are perfect for a natural and relaxing soak.
Soaking in a warm Hinoki tub is a full sensory experience with the smooth wood texture, the steaming hinoki fragrance and the warm temperature.
Hinoki wood is so structurally stable that structures that are built with it can last 1,000 years. This makes it an outstanding practical material that can be used for many different every day purposes.
Hinoki Sake Cup
Hinoki Ping Pong Paddle
Hinoki Cutting Board
We hope that Hinoki products can become a sacred and special part of your day to add a little piece of nature and bliss into your routine!