Mt. Rokko is special to local people in Kobe, one of the largest port towns in Japan. Most of the tree s in Mt. Rokko are gnarled or have small diameters, which are not suitable for construction materials. However, each of them has a unique identity. We shed a light on it by de sign and craftsmanship.
Shintaro Nakajima, a woodturner and the representative of Nakajima Woodturning Studio in Matsubara, Osaka, produces wood-turned vessels from waste wood, such as wind-fallen trees and lumber remnants at sawmills. He creates beautiful shapes and adds new value to woodthrough trusted craftsmanship.
Shimanto Forestry Cooperative is engaged in managing vast forest near the Shimanto River. The forest nurtures rich soil and beautiful river. It preserves the forest by properly growing and thinning trees while it trains young forest workers.
Yoshino has one of the most beautiful forests in Japan. Yoshino Japanese-cedar, whose rings are neatly lined up, has strength, fine grain, rich aroma and bactericidal effect, which is the best suitable to Japanese casks for Japanese sake and soy sauce. Therefore, the local production of casks was thriving from 17th century to the early 20th century; contributing to preserving forest, such as maintaining forest resources and developing the local forestry.