A ritual in the holy Kiso forest: ceremonial katana unguent of rare woods, temple incense, leather bushi armor.
Hinoki wood’s strong timber has been used for temples, Noh theaters, baths, and masu. Hinoki from the Kiso forest was sourced for the holy Ise shrine in Mie Prefecture. Sawara Cypress is a sturdy lemon scented “false” cypress with red stringy bark. The timber is also used for temples and shrines. It grows wild on the is- lands of Kyushu and Honshu. Asahi zuru maple is an ancient variety of maple native to Japan with beautifully ornate pink, white, and green leaves. Its name means “swan at dawn.”
Notes: Japanese cedar, incense, samara cypress, Asahi zuru maple, patchouli, iris, hinoki, leather, treemoss
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