In addition, the beautiful pink and glossy surface increases as the tree ages.
Hinoki has been used for pillars, beams, and furniture since ancient times. It has been used as a building material because of its beautiful appearance, high fragrance and because the wood itself has an insect repellent effect.
It is said that the hardness and the strength of the Hinoki increases year by year. Additionally the original characteristics of the wood persist for hundreds of years beyond its use.
Hinoki wood is well known to have been used in old temples in Kyoto and all over the country. Horyuji(an ancient temple) is known to have been built over thirteen hundred years ago using Hinoki. It is the oldest wooden structure which still stands today.