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What are the benefits of using buckwheat pillows?

A buckwheat pillow is a traditional Japanese pillow filled with the hulls that encase buckwheat seeds. These hulls are  springy under compression but at the same time provide firm support that contours to your head and supports neck positioning. To learn more read our article about the benefits of buckwheat pillows.

Buckwheat pillows, known as "Sobakawa" pillows in Japanese, have a long history in traditional Japanese culture. The use of buckwheat as a filling material for pillows can be traced back to ancient times in Japan. Here's how buckwheat came to be used in traditional Japanese pillows:

Introduction of Buckwheat to Japan: Buckwheat is not native to Japan but was introduced to the country from China around the 12th century. Its cultivation quickly spread due to its adaptability to different climates and suitability for growing in poor soils.

Buckwheat as a Staple Food: Buckwheat became a popular crop in Japan and was primarily cultivated for its seeds, which were ground into flour. Buckwheat flour was used to make a variety of dishes like soba noodles, pancakes (called "soba-yaki"), and dumplings.

Utilization of Byproducts: When buckwheat seeds are processed into flour, the husks or hulls are separated as a byproduct. These husks, also known as buckwheat hulls, have unique properties that make them suitable for pillow fillings.

Pillow Filling: Over time, people in Japan discovered that buckwheat hulls made excellent pillow fillings. The hulls are small, lightweight, and have a unique structure that allows them to conform to the shape of the head and neck, providing natural support and ventilation. Additionally, buckwheat hulls don't retain heat, which helps keep the pillow cool.

Traditional Craftsmanship: Traditional Japanese pillow makers, known as "Makura-shi," started using buckwheat hulls as pillow fillings. They sewed cloth cases or enclosures, typically made of cotton or linen, and filled them with buckwheat hulls to create the distinctive Sobakawa pillows.

Benefits of Buckwheat Pillows: Buckwheat pillows offer several advantages. They provide good airflow, which helps prevent heat and moisture buildup, making them suitable for the hot and humid Japanese climate. The malleability of buckwheat hulls allows the pillow to conform to the contours of the head and neck, providing support and promoting proper spinal alignment. Additionally, buckwheat pillows are durable and long-lasting.

Today, buckwheat pillows remain popular in Japan and are also sought after in other parts of the world due to their unique properties and potential health benefits.


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