"Tono Hinoki" is the finest building material

"Tono hinoki is a type of Japanese cypress that grows in the central part of Japan, along the border between Gifu and Nagano prefectures. "The mountain forests where Tono Hinoki grows have steep slopes, lots of rain, and are especially cold and covered with deep snow in winter. In such a harsh natural environment, Tono hinoki takes twice or three times as long to grow as hinoki grown in other places, and it grows slowly. That dizzying amount of time is what gives Tono hinoki its dense and beautiful annual rings. For hundreds of years, we have been planting trees, thinning forests, and managing them in various ways in order to protect them. Through a combination of nature's wonders and man's unceasing efforts, hinoki forests of more than 300 years old are maintained, nurtured, and utilized. The wood has been used for some of Japan's most famous buildings, Buddhist statues, and traditional crafts, such as Horyuji Temple and Yakushiji Temple in Nara, the Honmaru Palace of Nagoya Castle, and the castle tower of Ozu Castle, due to its smooth growth, beautiful texture, excellent durability, and antibacterial properties.


In particular, the Ise Jingu Shrine has been holding a festival called Shikinen Sengu every 20 years for more than 1,300 years, and the timber used for the ceremony is Tono Hinoki, which is more than 300 years old. Sengu is a special festival in which everything is renewed, including the shrine building, which is the same shape, and the gods are invited to move in. It is an important tradition to pass on the skills and spirit to the next generation, and is also a festival to pray for the "rebirth of trees". The Tono hinoki tree, which is recognized by the best shrines in Japan, is extremely valuable and special.

GETALS is made of Tono Hinoki