From ancient times, Japanese cypress has had a deep connection with the life and culture of the Japanese. Along with cedar, it is the most used building material. In recent years, in Mie Prefecture, production of high value added products such as pillars, flooring and wall panels has greatly increased. Artificial plantations spread across the whole prefecture, and production is conducted mainly in the Kumozu River, Kushida River, Miya River Watershed and Higashikishu areas. In particular, Owase is a Japanese cypress production area that is famous nationally. Mie Prefecture's Japanese cypress is produced by close planting and careful weeding, developed pruning techniques, and regular, properly timed felling. The exceptional quality heartwood pillars produced using these techniques has fine and uniform rings, and is lustrous and strong.
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