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お香と桐箱(Japanese aroma and paulownia box)

先々週末、ハズバンドとお母さんと千駄木に行きました。お母さんの友だちの、アロマメイキングクラスがありましたから。にほんのアロマを、お母さんの友だちが、おしえてくれました。(I have a feeling the last sentence was terribly wrong) but my husband corrected it already. Anyway, I was trying to say, “last last week, I went to Sendagi with my husband and Okasan because her friend had an aroma making class. Okasan’s friend taught  me Japanese aromas.”

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The shop her friend used for space was pretty cool. The shop offers a variety of Japanese craftsmanship but their main product was the 桐箱(Kiribako). It’s boxes made out of the paulownia wood/empress tree or “kiri” in Japanese. The place was also very accessible, Chiyoda line Sendagi Station was only a 4-minute walk.

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Their business card is even made out of paulownia wood. You can also order business cards, minimum of hundred.
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The boxes are pretty light.

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日本の陶器 (Japanese Pottery)
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日本のガラス(Japanese Glass)

The prices were reasonable for its quality, according to my husband but I think you will like their kiri postcards. It’s beautiful, affordable and doesn’t cost much when you send it via post mail. I was pretty impressed by the carvings on these wooden postcards. We got several of them and sent it to some friends. However, I kept one which I really like, it’s now on my wall in front of my study desk.

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We also got some 桐箱 which I am now using to store my tea light candles. They have a website but it’s in Japanese. This small box was a freebie from the aroma making experience. Maya Takenaka, okasan’s friend, also spoke enough english to guide me in this experience. She’s a freelance aroma therapist and if you’d like to know more about her craft, you can contact her here: honihi05-83@docomo.ne.jp or x052n331@hotmail.co.jp.

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The class itself was supposed to be 90 minutes but we didn’t have the time so we just got an experience, which lasted 15-20 minutes, I guess. I figured, if I took her 90 minute class then I’d be able to customize the aroma according to my needs.

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The experience I got was making an “aroma bag” where you mix herbs, spices and fragrant wood in a paper cup, storing it in a tea bag and then you put it inside a tiny aroma bag or におい袋.272623

I wasn’t liking the smell she introduced to me because they were all alien but the longer I smell it, I’ve come to like it because it reminds me so much of the forest. Before I moved to Manila, I spent some of my early childhood in Laguna where we have the woods at the back and front of the house.

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“I feel like Hermione Granger in a Potions class.”
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“But with Professor Trelawney”
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“So can you make love potions using aromas?”…”Mm, No.”
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“I think if we add the smell of coffee, anyone can fall in love with it.”

When I find that the smell of the fragrant woods, leaves and spices were comforting we continue to make another one which is the powder perfume.

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The powder perfume I made was a bit strong so I don’t use it as a perfume. I’m using it for my tea light candles and just placing it in our kitchen. The aroma bag was pretty impressive. I can still smell it up to now, I think it has a placebo effect on me.34

ほにひのアロマメイキングクラスはたのしかったです。箱義桐箱店は印象的でした。千駄木の旅行は素晴らしくて面白かったです。

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