|What is “Jindai-gusu”＆“ShokawaHikimonokiji”|
・What is “Jindai-gusu”
“Jindai” means the age of the gods, the ancient time in Japanese.
“Jindai-gusu” is a camphor wood which has been buried under ground due to natural disasters such as volcanic eruption and crustal deformation, do not touch oxygen, got denatured by several hundreds to several thousand years under pressure, and appeared on the ground again by happenings such as land development, reclamations, and land development.
As an ornamental from the unique texture of “Jindai-gusu”, also as a precious wood with a very precious value in historical, is treated as a luxury material it has been expensive transaction.
・About “Camphor tree"
A camphor tree called as “Kusunoki” in Japan, an evergreen tall tree of the Camphoraceae family, is one of the woods familiar to Japanese people since ancient times as “The Kojiki” mentions its name.
From its hardness it was used anciently as a log ship by hollowing the trunk, and it is still used for Japanese-style ship as an excellent shipbuilding material.
It is also widely used for Buddha statue sculpture and temple building construction because of its unique aroma and insecticidal effect as also known as raw material of camphor used as insect repellent.
On the other hand it is also difficult to process because of its hardness.
“Jindai-gusu” which we handle was unearthed from Kuma River in Kumamoto Pref., then we dried them off by the wind and the sunlight in Mimasaka, Okayama.
Hideaki Kato, a master of craftsman of Shokawa, Toyama produces “Hikimonokiji” from the "Jindai-gusu".
・What is “ShokawaHikimonokiji”
“Shokawa-hikimonokiji” is one of the Japanese traditional crafts in Shokawa area, Toyama Pref.
Skilled craftsmen produce "Shokawa Hikimonokiji” which is durable product with beautiful grains of annual rings.