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In Kyoto’s Kitayama mountains, the world’s oldest forestry tradition, ‘Kitayama Ringyo’ is still practiced and produces the exquisite materials used in traditional Japanese tea houses and imperial palaces.

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi Cedar Honjikomi Harvest

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi Cedar Honjikomi Harvest

In the Kitayama Mountains, north of Kyoto city, a small number of traditional Kyoto lumberjacks still grow and harvest cedar trees the old fashioned way. As far as we know, Kitayama is the only place where the trees are felled vertical, stripped of bark and dried standing on the mountain.

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi Cedar Sukiya Architecture Tea House Interior

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi Cedar Sukiya Architecture Tea House Interior

The interior elements of traditional Japanese architecture utilize wood, often in a sublimely primal and natural form. The most prized examples of these architectural elements are grown and harvested in the Kitayama Mountains of Kyoto.

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi Cedar Sukiya Architecture Japanese Garden

Kyoto Kitayama Sugi Cedar Sukiya Architecture Japanese Garden

In addition to architectural elements and motifs, Japanese gardens often incorporate living specimens of Kyoto Kitayama Forestry.