Living with Trees: In Conversation with Makino Yoshiyuki and Kevin Martin at Japan House London

With Trees

CURE FURNISHING™
Tree breathes / Utilizing chemicals that trees and wood release to improve people's lives.

FUSHI is committed to utilizing the rich diversity of Japan's forest and local resources by researching the effects of forests and trees on people and latent local resources, and applying the results to new product development.

We are particularly interested in the chemicals trees release, which can be described as the breath of the tree, wood (timber/lumber). In the future, our goal is to add tree volatiles as a positive indicator to indoor air quality, which currently has only negative indicators. To achieve this goal, we believe it is necessary to maintain and increase forest resources rich in diversity, and we are conducting research to increase biodiversity to ensure multifunctionality by considering our own forests as biotopes. We are also conducting research with Kyushu universities and NICT (The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) on the development of sensors for trees and the efficacy of low-concentration chemicals which timbers release necessary for air quality indicators in order to solve various problems in wood distribution.

As a result of our research and development, as of 2022, we are developing HIMEKOMATSU, which uses chemicals that timbers release to support good sleep, HIDA LEATHER®, which is made from Hida beef hides using only vegetable tannin, and FUSHI TOUR, which helps people understand new relationships between trees and people. We will continue to develop tree-related businesses in the future. 

Furthermore, we recognize that forest resources and other local resources are the common property of all people, and we would like to share our research results and collaborate with business partners who share the same aspirations as we do.

木は呼吸する
樹木や木材からの揮発成分を活用して、人の暮らしを良くする

FUSHI(フシ)は、森林や樹木が人に及ぼす影響や潜在化した地域資源を研究し、その成果を新しい製品開発に活かすことで、多様性に富んだ日本の森林資源・地域資源活用に取り組んでいます。

特に私たちが注目するのは樹木や木材の呼吸とも言える自然に揮発する成分。将来的には、現在マイナス指標しかない室内空気質に、プラス指標として樹木の揮発成分を加えることを目標としています。そのためには、多様性に富んだ森林資源を維持、さらには増やす必要があると考え、所有する森をビオトープとして捉え、多面的機能確保のための生物多様性を高める研究をしています。また、木材流通における諸問題を解決するため樹木に関わるセンサー開発や空気質指標に必要な低濃度揮発成分の効能を、九州大学やNICT(情報通信研究機構)と共同研究しています。

研究開発の成果として、2023年現在、木材の揮発成分で人の良質な睡眠をサポートするHIMEKOMATSU(ヒメコマツ)、植物タンニンのみで製革する飛騨牛皮革 HIDA LEATHER®(ヒダレザー)、樹木と人との新たな関わりを知るためのFUSHI TOUR(フシツアー)を展開しています。今後も樹木に関わる事業を順次、展開していきます。

なお、私たちは、森林資源をはじめとする地域資源は全ての人の共有財産だと認識しており、私たちと同じ想いを抱く事業パートナーと私たちの研究成果の共有をしていきたいと考えています。

WORKS

Planning, manufacturing and sales of original wood products utilizing chemicals that wood released / Direction of wooden space and furniture with chemicals wood released / Production and sales of HIDA LEATHER® / Planning and operation of tree tours / Contract analysis of chemicals that wood releases / Indoor air quality measurements

木材揮発成分を活かしたオリジナル木製品の企画、製造、販売 / 木材揮発成分を活かした木質空間・家具のディレクション / 地域材による木質空間・家具の企画、製造 / HIDA LEATHER®製品の企画、製造、販売 / 樹木ツアーの企画、運営 / 木材揮発成分の受託分析 / 室内空気質の測定

CONTACT

FUSHI Ltd. / 株式会社 FUSHI since 2022 

CEO : Yoshi-yuki Makino / 牧野泰之

   Tree Efficacy Researcher / woodworker

   樹木効能研究家 / 木工家

Kurumidani 7019-5, Ichinomiyamachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu, 509-3505, Japan

509-3505 岐阜県高山市一之宮町クルミ谷7019-5

TEL : (+81)050-3708-3970

FAX : (+81)0577-53-3288

MAIL : info@makino-ww.com

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JOURNAL

January 2023
... Are cracks and knots a flaw? ...

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December 2022
... FUSHI HOUSE II ...

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November 2022
... Living with Trees ...

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October 2022
... FUSHI HOUSE I ...

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September 2022
... Mosses supporting barren land ...

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August 2022
... Seeking the Light ...

A gap is a space that is suddenly created in a forest when a large tree falls or otherwise (including human-caused cases). When a gap allows light to shine into the forest, the surrounding trees begin to compete for this light. Compared to conifers, broadleaf trees tend to grow by bending over in seek of light. If you find a large space in the forest, it is worth observing the surrounding trees.

大きな木が倒れるなどして(人為的な場合も含む)、突然森の中にできる空間をギャップといいます。ギャップにより森の中に光が差し込むようになると、この光を求めて周りの木々による成長競争が始まります。広葉樹は針葉樹に比べて、光を求めて自らを曲げながら成長する傾向が強いのです。森の中に大きな空間を見つけたら、周りの木々を観察してみる価値はあります。


 
August 2022
... Light beautifies moist forests ...

 
July 2022
... Green curtain  ... 

Supporting photography in a beautiful mixed forest of cypress and zelkova trees, 112 years after planting. It is believed to be an attempt to grow high-quality zelkova lumber by suppressing zelkova branching with surrounding cypress. It is said that the purpose of the project was to use the wood for military purposes, but looking at books on the use of wood left behind from the Meiji era, we can see that many things were considered, and we surmise that the project was done as an advanced and high-level effort to secure superior timber.

森林撮影のため、112年前に植林されたヒノキとケヤキの混交林をご案内しました。ケヤキの枝張りを周囲のヒノキで抑え、良質なケヤキ材を育てる試みだと考えられています。軍需利用が目的と言われていますが、明治時代に残された木材利用に関する書籍を見ると、様々なことを考えていたことが窺え、優良材確保のための先進的で高次な取り組みとして行われたのではないかと推察しています。


 
July 2022
... Laboratory under construction  ...