May 2023:”Shinrin-Yoku”(the Forest Bathing) Box

This month’s theme is “Shinrin-Yoku” (The Forest Bathing). May is the season when the fresh green is bright.

In 1982, the Director General of Japan’s Forestry Agency coined the term “Shinrin-Yoku” comparing it to “hot spring bathing, sunbathing, and sea bathing.”
In 2010, the New York Times introduced Japan’s “Shinrin-Yoku” for the first time, and the idea of “Shinrin-Yoku” spread all over the world. Did you know that?
Based on the idea “Shinrin-Yoku” that “the scent of the forest will revitalize the mind and body,” he asked for the forest to have the same healing effect as the hot springs. It’s true that breathing fresh air in the forest is very relaxing and feels good.

So, In Japan, April 29th, May 3rd, 4th, and 5th are holidays. It’s wonderful to have consecutive holidays in this pleasant season!

And on May 5th, there is a holiday called “Kodomo-no-hi” (Children’s Day) to wish for the growth of children. that day is the event to wish for the growth of children and avoid illness and misfortune for children.
And, the second Sunday in May is designated as “Mother’s Day” in Japan.
Mother’s Day varies from country to country, and the form of celebration varies.
But isn’t the habit of having a feeling of “thank you” to your mother and communicating it in the form of it in every country?

The Lifestyle Box

1. Mino-yaki Evergreen colored “Yunomi” teacup 
Evergreen trees that keep their beautiful green color even in the cold winter are sprouting new leaves. This teacup is an image of such a fresh green color. The fresh green tea you drink from this dark green teacup is exceptional.

Originated from Gifu Prefecture, Mino-yaki (Mino ware) is Japan’s most popular
pottery. Its history is said to date back to 1300 years ago.

2. Leaf-shaped lacquerware small plate
It is a small plate of “Echizen lacquerware”. It can be used for a wide range of purposes, from everyday use to hospitality. It’s also good to use it as a saucer for a teacup! Because lacquerware is often used at the dining table, it is safe and made in Japan!

3. Heart-shaped clover plate. 
Large heart-shaped clover plate. This plate will brighten up your dining table. Perfect for serving desserts, fruits, and salads. The four-leaf clover of happiness drawn on the plate will make you feel happy.

4. Pretty flower soap 
It is a Pretty flower soap (with fragrance) in a heart shaped case. It’s nice to decorate it as it is or arrange it in a flower vase. How to use it spreads freely depending on your ideas.

5. Flower tortoise shell small plate 
“Tortoise shell pattern” is one of the traditional Japanese auspicious patterns in Japan. The tortoise shell pattern is one of the patterns that has been loved for a long time because of its good omen that brings good luck for long life. It’s also good to have an auspicious pattern on hand for “Kodomono-hi”.


6. Nara Kayakiji fabric dishcloth 
It is a dishcloth made of mosquito nets fabric that takes advantage of the tradition of making mosquito nets in Nara. It has a spring herb design. ※ Chlorine bleach can also be used.

7. “My Garden” Letter Paper 
This letter set uses high-quality paper called “hoshogami”. “Hoshogami” is a type of traditional Japanese paper. This Japanese paper has a long history, and it is said that it was used for official documents in the Muromachi period (around 1350). This is a letter paper that can be casually used both for memo writing and letter.

8. “Koinobori” and “Shoubu” Postcard 
“Koinobori” (carp streamer) and “Hana-shoubu” (Japanese Iris) are the symbolic items of “Kodomonohi”
(children’s day). This postcard depicts a scene of enjoying “Kodomono-hi”.

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