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hinoki and asthma

What is the difference between hinoki and “Port Orford cedar” (Port Orford cypress, Oregon) for asthma?

I am not a specialist but the composition of the resin within the wood fibers of Port Orford Cedar and Hinoki is very different.
Actually one of the active aromatic components which has been isolated and is frequently used for viral protection and anti-allergic products is the hinokitiol.
hinokitiol is present in Taiwanese hinoki and in Japanese Asnaro wood.
It is included only in small percentages in japanese hinoki! and if I am not wrong, it is completely absent in american cedars.
Please find more info here:
http://www.bartokdesign.com/0-blog_news/new_product_hiba-oil.php
If you are interested in the aromatic properties of this wood you might also consider ordering a bottle of oil and try if it works in your case.

elegant ofuro for Rome

This tub will be employed in an apartment renovation in Rome. I saw the pictures of the present typical western style bathroom and I am looking forward to the metamorphosis into a clean design japanese wet room.
The client also took in consideration a deeper tub, but finally opted for the classic module for this size tubs: 2 shaku (about 2 feet or 60cm)

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Hinoki wood tub AB grade (straight cut)
Dimensions are: L1100mm x W700mm x H690mm (ext. dim.) 600mm (deep) .
The bottom of the tub is finished with a copper apron and the joints are realized with wooden dowels.
Accessories include a sunoko floor grating and japanese wooden bucket&stool

The tub has an internal bench and to offer the possibility to orient it left or right, the iron brand was applied on both front and back.

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Photos of the interior, smooth as a baby`s cheek…

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You can even see the drain fitting reflected in the polished wood of the interior walls!

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hinoki bathroom unit for Catskill

This is as close as you can get to a real all-hinoki japanese wet room.
The ofuro is on the end wall in front of a large window, I assume the window is offering a stunnning view.
The tub has 2 ledges to fit seamlessly in the wall and a large 4-panels duckboard floor.

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Hinoki wood tub AB grade (straight cut)
Dimensions are: L1400mm x W750mm x H640mm (ext. dim.) 565mm (deep) .
The bottom of the tub is finished with a copper apron and the joints are realized with wooden dowels.
Accessories include custom built in ledges, traditional wood cover, full room floor grating panels, spout bathroom accessories (soap box, stools, buckets).

Here is the detail of the spout. The lid is removable for maintenance/cleaning.

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The corner joint is made in such a way that the water cannot reach the head of the planks (cut perpendicular to the wood veins) which is more vulnerable to water.

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And here is the detail of the joint construction.

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It is a bit difficult to guess from this photo, but we also made a coordinated hinoki sink. Please remember not to use soap, unless you want to urethane coat it…

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singapore rowhouse ofuro

Yes, we had two orders from Singapore in one month!
Do you know that is becoming very trendy to renovate a traditional Singapore row house (e.g. the Joo Chiat district) ?
Well, this elegantly proportioned soaking tub will be used in such a project and I am sure it will do its part in adding up originality and charm to the interior.

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Hinoki wood tub AB grade (with sharp corners detail)
Dimensions are: L1100mm x W710mm x H750mm (ext. dim.) 650mm (deep) .
The bottom of the tub is finished with a natural oil and the joints are realized with wooden dowels.
There is also a matching hinoki wooden stool.
The layout was not 100% defined yet so we used completely knotless A grade hinoki on the 4 sides. This way the tub does not have a “back side” and can be orientated in any direction.

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The client was not keen on our standard rubber plug, so we supplied a spherical plug (option). The design is pleasant and it will fit the drain hole at any angle!

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round ofuro for singapore

Our client asked for a couple of quotations for different sizes and shapes.
But I had the feeling he would come back to the first choice: a stunning round soaking tub with circular bench. I imagine when installed it will look like a genuine professional spa!

Asnaro wood round tub AB-grade /with internal seat
Dimensions are: D1400mm x H700mm (ext. dim.) 590mm (deep) .
The straps are made of twisted stainless steel wire.
Accessories include a stool, ladle and a floor mounted spout.

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Let`s get closer… Can you imagine the overwhelming yet delicate scent when it is filled with hot water?

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You can alternate sitting on the tub bottom with periods sitting on the internal for resting and cooling down.

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In this case, a faucet is directly mounted inside the spout column for easy installation and simple maintenance.

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ofuro featured on interior design magazine

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First of all thanks again to the architect who commissioned us this hinoki bathtub, and congratulations for his superb architectural design quality!

I feel that the rough and natural feeling of the knotty wood complements perfectly the classy shine of the glass mosaic walls.

His work was featured in Interior Design Magazine, I recommend to see also the picture gallery for a full overview of the house.

ofuro for California

A simple and lovely tub for a new construction in California.

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Hinoki wood tub AB grade (quarter sawn)
Dimensions are: L1300mm x W750mm x H640mm (ext. dim.) 560mm (deep) .
The bottom of the tub is finished with a copper apron and the joints are realized with wooden dowels.
We also provided a stool and wooden bucket.
The iron-brand is applied on both sides in case of last minute plan changes…

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The inside of the tub is silky and warm. Maybe it is because of the japanese october`s notorious comfortable temperature and humidity, but I thought this is one of the smoother tubs we ever made… Seriously!

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ofuro for Massachussets

We dealt directly with the contractor for this project.
The ofuro will be installed in a niche, under a window.
As you can see towards the bottom of the page, we prepared a ledge to act as a filler and allow the tub to fit perfectly in the niche. The depth of the filler will need to be adjusted on site (with an electric plane or saw + plane) so we made it slightly larger.
The joints are made in such a way that water does not penetrate the joints.

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Hinoki wood tub AB grade (quarter sawn)
Dimensions are: L1220mm x W760mm x H760mm (ext. dim.) 630mm (deep) .
The bottom of the tub is finished with a copper apron and the joints are realized with copper plates.
We also provided a custom cover and wooden spout.

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The view from the back side. The dormers/feet are higher than usual, as per client`s request!



The ledge can be shimmed on site to match perfectly the sloped floor.

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spherical drain plug!

Yes, by popular demand we can now supply a spherical drain plug!
It is cool and can plug the drain socket in direction.
It should fit your 40A type drain fitting.

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The ball is in durable chemical rubber: after many years it may shrink slightly but will not ovalize.
The chain and ring are in stainless steel.
(as of 3.1.2014 there was a price increase from the maker.)

The price is:
9,000 JPY as an option for a new tub

or, in case you want to purchase the plug only, refer to the prices below and contact us by email.

(prices inclusive of packaging, EMS shipping charges and paypal transfer fee)
Asia: 11,400 JPY
Oceania, America: 12,000. JPY
EU: 12,200. JPY
South America, Africa: 12,400. JPY

installation of a hinoki tub in Tokyo

Here are some pictures of a hinoki tub installed in a house in Tokyo.
Note that the ledge contains the recirculation system valve (we DO NOT provide the system itself. In Japan most of the home use hot water heaters are equipped with this option.)

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After the wall is finished, the tub is placed.

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Note the cuts in the ledge to drain the water accumulating on the ledge.

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