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    Glossary Term
    Sawara - Japanese Cypress


    English Definition:
    Japanese Cypress

    A Japanese cypress is an evergreen that grows to between 100 and 130 feet tall with a base diameter from two to five feet. It's wood is known for its delicate quality, medium hardness, fine luster, fragrance and durability. It is the most desirable lumber in Japan, used to build Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, as well as other buildings.

    Note: Sawara relates to the craft, Tategu, Japanese home interior fixtures, such as shoji screens, panels and doors, as well as fusuma sliding doors.

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