Aromatherapy

additional yo-ji-juku-go

One more update about the aroma cards campaign on indiegogo
I received one more idea on how to use the aroma card + 5 additional very famous yo-ji-juku-go idiomatic phrases:

Here you are!
★Idea of usage: use your aroma card as a bookmark! it is longlasting, pleasant to touch and fragrant. Can you find a better reading companion?

★5 additional yojijukugo to choose from:

以心伝心(read: i-shin-den-shin)
translation: that thinks transmit heart
meaning: “Without any need for words”

一期一会 (read: ichi-go-ichi-e)
translation: one period one meeting
meaning: “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”

海千山千 (read:umi-sen-yama-sen)
translation: sea 1000(years) mountain 1000(years)
meaning: “sly old dog of much worldly wisdom”

電光石火 (read: den-kō-sek-ka)
translation: electricity light stone fire
meaning: “as fast as lightning”

一日一歩 (read:ichi-nichi-ip-po)
translation: one day one step
meaning: “one step each day”

How about these ones?

I added them at the survey about the aroma cards campaign.

questions
responses

Please let me know your opinion. I only have 16 days left for the campaign!

video for “aroma cards” campaign

Here is an update about the indiegogo campaign.
https://igg.me/at/hinoki-aroma-cards

First of all, with 5 days of delay after the beginning of the campaign I finally managed to put together the video!

During the interviews many people mentioned the yo-ji-juku-go (four character idionatic expressions).
I think this actually matches perfectly the concept of the product.
I was considering using some haiku poems (for the “extreme” japan-lovers) and some motivational quotes (for the more pragmatic ones) but the idea of using the yo-ji-juku-go puts the two concepts together!

Idiomatic expressions are like proverbs but have the peculiarity of consisting on 4 ideograms.
No verbs, no conjunctive particles or hiragana characters.

Just 4 concepts or qualities that also create a peculiar sound combination.


Some are more straight forward like:
一石二鳥
(read: i-sseki-ni-cho)
translation: one stone two birds
meaning: “Killing two birds with one stone”


others definitely require an explanation like:
温故知新
(read: on-ko-chi-shin)
translation: warm circumstance know new
meaning: “Learning from the past”

At first the meaning may not be immediate, but once you know the meaning, the idiomatic expressions have a particularly dense meaning and convey the concept powerfully, in full color.

Everybody has their own “favorite yo-ji-juku-go”, like a personal mantra or policy that you can say in your mind to receive that relaxing caress or courage boost you need in your everyday life.


There are many yo-ji-juku-go. I’ve found counts ranging from 5,000 to over 20,000. Wikipedia page about yu-ji-juku-go links to a database of 3,400 of them while Japanese students learn at school some 400-500 fundamental idiomatic expressions.

I will pick up some I like. Feel free to comment if you have more to share!


花鳥風月
(read: ka-cyou-fu-getsu)
translation: flowers birds wind moon
meaning: “The beauties of nature”


十人十色
(read: juu-nin-to-iro)
translation: 10 people 10 colors
meaning: “To each his own”


晴耕雨読
(read: sei-kou-u-doku)
translation: sunny cultivate rain read
meaning: “Living in quiet retirement dividing time between work and intellectual pursuits”


臨機応変
(read: rin-ki-ou-hen)
translation: extraordinary happening listen different
meaning: “Playing it by ear”


So, which is the one you like?

Getting ready for the next production of special reserve oil

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In the pictures above you can see about 800 Kg. of scraps of kiso hinoki wood.
I am going to distillate this material for the second harvest of special reserve hinoki essential oil.
To my knowledge, there is no maker producing oil from 250 (and over) year old hinoki wood.
As we could experiment in the first harvest (autumn 2014) the scent is superb, less forest like and more spicy than commercial grade hinoki essential oil (usually made with 70-90 year old lumber)

Before bottling the production, I want to offer a special deal to the heavy users and commercial users.
I will sell about half of the total in 100ml bottles at 12,000 JPY per bottle. or 10 bottles for 100,000 JPY.
Compare to the 4500JPY in case of the 10cc individual package bottle with drip cap!
It is almost 1/5 the price!

If interested please contact me at: japan@bartokdesign.com

fragrance bags

Have you ever been in a Kyoto kimono store or even a souvenir shop and be welcomed by a heavenly smell of incense?
Japanese culture does not make large use of perfumes (as Tom Cruise found out in the “last samurai” they prefer to wash the body rather than covering the body odor with deodorants…).
But there is an exception and a reason.

In a very humid climate, the insets proliferate and japanese have learned to protect themselves and the precious kimono robes with incense. The fragrances that japanese use are very pure and refined: not too strong but very particular and have surprising insect repellent properties.

fragrance-bag

If you do not know what I am talking about, this is for you.
I am committed to bring to the world the fragrances of traditional japan.
Try to imagine checking in into your hotel room in Dubai or returning to your weekend house after few weeks.
A subtle scent of cleanliness welcomes you and when you open the first drawer of the bedroom chest the aroma becomes more intense giving you a feeling of relaxation and recalling pleasant memories.

With the collaboration of a friend and his 91 year old grandmother (owner of an old manufacture of fragrances) i decided to bring to the world of japan-lovers a collection of exquisite aroma bags made with kimono fabric and containing a mix of selected aromas.

There are 2 sizes:
the “Fragrance Bag” (in 8 colors) suitable for a wardrobe of the entrance of a beauty salon.
-> link to the shop page:
KF0007_Fragrance-Bag-Montpellier-Green

The “Personal sacket” (in 13 colors) can be kept in the car, in the pocket or in a drawer.
-> link to the shop page:
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Here are some historical notes the maker is very proud of:

“In the times of the Asuka kingdom in ancient Japan, a piece of fragrant wood washed ashore on Awaji island.
This discovery let to the beginning of the history of use of fragrant incense wood in Japan.
During the Heian period, the Japanese nobility enjoyed the burning of these incense woods.
These fragrant woods were also used to scent the traditional twelve layered ceremonial kimono.

As well as creating an aura of pleasant perfume around the wearer of the Kimono, the fragrant
woods also acted as an insect repellent.
The Japanese believed that these fragrant incense woods were able to create a sense of peace and relaxation and even to have healing homeopathic properties.
The scent from these will provide you and those around you with all the benefits and good fortune long associated with these highly praised woods.”

Feel free to contact me for any question, or just comment below.

Aomori Hiba wood aroma oil

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Japanese do not usually apply any oil on a wooden tub, but if you want, you can use hiba oil as a wood tub cleaner/conditioner.
Asnaro-Hiba oil has wonderful properties and will clean, rejuvanite and preserve your tub.
Asnaro contains more hinokitiol than hinoki wood.

It can also be used for:

  • aroma-therapy (relaxation)
  • odor elimination (recommended for your shoes closet)
  • skin care (eczema, nosocomial infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  • other uses: check our blog for the hiba oil detailed description)

Available in 100ml bottles at 4800 JPY per piece.
Some discount is available for larger lots. Please inquire.

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[pocket onsen] with “young trees” hinoki aroma oil

This is a more economic version of the [pocket onsen] using the normal hinoki oil.
This does not mean it is inferior, aroma is really a matter of personal taste!
The use is very simple!
Just pour few drops of the “Japanese Cypress – hinoki aroma oil” included in the kit on the orbs and place them in the hot water.
You can use the orbs over and over again.
Since they are only 3, you can easily store them on a shelf in your bathoom.

Choose the pouch color according to the sample below:
(see a larger image in the aroma oils page)
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The pocket onsen comes in a high quality paulownia wooden box with the Bartok iron brand. Ideal for a gift!

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Bartok design Japan Co. is member of:
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[pocket onsen] with “Special reserve hinoki aroma oil”

This idea would enable to enjoy the relaxing properties and atmosphere of a japanese bath even people who do not own a wooden bathtub.
(After trying it, If you like the experience you can get the real thing …!)

The use is very simple!
Just pour few drops of the “Special reserve hinoki aroma oil” included in the kit on the orbs and place them in the hot water.
You can use the orbs over and over again.
Since they are only 3, you can easily store them on a shelf in your bathoom.
This project was developed in indiegogo, you can google for “pocket onsen” to find out about the process.
Choose the pouch color according to the sample below:
choose-pocket-color.jpg
The pocket onsen comes in a high quality paulownia wooden box with the Bartok iron brand. Ideal for a gift!

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Bartok design Japan Co. is member of:
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hinoki aroma water

I am very proud to present a new product.
As you know hinoki essential oil has relaxing, aromatic and bactericidal properties.
For this reason it is often used in aroma diffusers or spayed in the air as an ambient aroma.
Since the oil does not mix with water, the essential oil needs to be diluted in ethylene (ethyl alcohol) before adding it to the water.
But there is a more natural, easy to use and multipurpose way to create an aroma water.
In case of hinoki, it is as simple as… buying the aroma water!
Aroma water is a by-product of the distillation of oil and already contains the aromatic particles.
It can be readily used and you can even spray it on your face. Hinoki water mist is a very popular skin tonic in Japan and Korea and is used before makeup to moisturize the complexion while controlling the sebum secretion.
For more details check also the label in the photo below.

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For purchase please inquire at: japan@bartokdesign.com

hinoki reserve (250 y.o.) oil

This oil was developed thru a crowdfunding campaign run in the fall of 2014.

Please take a look here for the campaign page: http://www.igg.me/at/pocket-onsen

As of january 2015 I have about 200 bottles on stock and out of it I think I will keep about 50 for myself. Once it is finished I do not know yet if I am going to produce it again. If you are interested to try it or test the difference, please hurry…


The oil can be used in the bath (we recommend to pour on hinoki orbs or wood blocks and place in the water) or in your aroma diffuser.
The aroma is very different from normal hinoki, I would describe it as spicier and milder at the same time.
You can purchase it thru Paypal or contact us.

– HINOKI ESSENTIAL OIL – RESERVE (250 years old)


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