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Kiso Hinoki Isu Cypress Wood Stool

Kiso Hinoki Isu Cypress Wood Stool
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Kiso Hinoki Isu Cypress Wood Stool - HAND-MADE IN THE PICTURESQUE TOWN OF KISO, NAGANO PREF.

Made completely in the traditional way, this high quality 'furo-Isu' or Japanese Bath Stool is made of real fragrant 'Kiso Hinoki' Cypress Wood. This new series has the 'Onsen Mark' burned into the wood. This is the stool which one sits on while washing outside the bath tub. These are hand-made for us in the picturesque village of Kiso, nestled in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture.
Kiso is famous for its fine Hinoki and Sawara Cypress wood and most of the finest bath accessories come from this tiny village. Hinoki and Sawara Cypress are waterproof and resistant to rot and give off the most wonderful fragrance when wet. The oils in the sap (see close-up) are said to be excellent for the skin.

Traditionally, this wood was used to make the bath tub itself but these are considered an extravagant luxury now as they are extremely expensive. These solid wooden stools are of the exact same type used at many fine Hot Spring 'Onsen' resorts all over Japan.

Beautifully made by expert craftsmen, they will last for many years. They measure: 10¼" X 6¾" or 26 X 17 cm across the top and are 6¾" or 17 cm tall. The top is 1¼ or 3 cm thick, solid Hinoki. Perfect to bring the essence of the Japanese Bath into your home - Great for Home Spas!

Nice gift for Japanese Bath lovers.