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Diversity of Japanese Forests

It is perhaps a little known fact that approximately 67% of Japan’s landmass is covered by forests, making Japan the second most-forested country in the world following Finland. Furthermore, Japan’s forests are extremely diverse largely due to the fact that the country stretches across a long span of distance from the northern island of Hokkaido to the subtropical Ryukyu islands (Okinawa) in the south.

We at Yuica extract essential oils from 9 different types of Japanese trees, both deciduous and coniferous (evergreen), that grow in the Hida region in central Japan. Even within this small area, there are various kinds of trees, allowing us to produce a wide range of aromatic notes for you to enjoy.

Botanical name:
Chamaecyparis obtusa

Abundant in Japan, Hinoki has been used as building material, particularly for temples and shrines, for centuries.

Aroma: Refreshing and soothing, with a woody note.

Botanical name:
Lindera umbellata

Kuromoji has traditionally been used as utensil for sweets served in tea ceremonies, and now as toothpicks.

Aroma: Crisp, yet floral, similar to rosewood; balancing effect on emotions.

Botanical name:
Magnolia salicifolia

Known for its beautiful white flowers with dazzling citrus-like fragrance, Nioi-Kobushi is truly unique.

Aroma: Sweet and deeply floral; invigorating effect.

Botanical name:
Abies firma

Fir has been the preferred choice for Christmas trees in the West, and its scent may bring nostalgia to many.

Aroma: Bright and uplifting, yet also grounding; may act as odor-eliminator.

Botanical name:
Cryptomeria japonica

Sugi has existed in Japan for at least 2,000 years, and was cultivated extensively in the 20th century.

Aroma: Well-balanced, refreshing feel of being in an evergreen forest.

Botanical name:
Pinus parviflora

The trunk of Hime-Komatsu (which translates to “Princess Little Pine”) is slender and graceful, hence the name.

Aroma: elegant and grounding; calming effect.

Botanical name:
Thujopsis dolabrata

Asunaro is the sister tree to Hinoki, also known as Hiba. 60% of its essential oil consists of Thujopsen.

Aroma: Similar Hinoki, but earthier; antibacterial properties.

Botanical name:
Zanthoxylum piperitum

Sansho is a common spice in Japan. It is a citrus tree, and its aroma is extracted from the peel of its fruits.

Aroma: Spicy, yet somewhat lemony and fresh; energizing effect.

Botanical name:
Betula grossa

Mizume-Zakura’s essential oil is dominated by methyl salicylate, used in muscle pain relieving ointment.

Aroma: Similar to wintergreen, “medicinal”; muscle pain reliever.