Our customers say Excellent
4.8 out of 5 based on 9600 reviews
  • Hemp and the Japanese culture

    Hemp and the Japanese culture
    Hemp has always been a popular agricultural product in Japan. In fact, about WW2 Post, the Duponts and Cotton Cartels of the time were looking to wipe hemp off the map as a matter of strategic economic importance.

    Foreign troops were surprised at the amount of hemp that was both wild and cultivated. US Army General Douglas Macurthur and his colleagues circumscribed the Japanese constitution including Taima Torishimari, the hemp control law.

    The hemp control law was first enforced in the 1967 harvest when 20 stalks were seized from a peasant collective in Shinshu, Nagano region. At this time, a person filed a suit against the government, claiming that the law was unconstitutional. From there, the first "marijuana symposium" was to take place at the Kyoto University, marking the beginning of the hemp liberation movement. Such conferences are now visited by a variety of lawyers, doctors, students and farmers alike, all lobbying the government for research.

    Many citizens of Japan may be concerned about the resumption of legal cannabis cultivation, frustrated by the long and generally unsuccessful application process, but a plethora of hardy strains of free-growing hemp continue to slash in the countryside, most is wild, but some is still cultivated by farmers who continue the ancient tradition of their culture.

    Since 1991-2, Japan has had to devour its pride as years of subsidies and reliance on chemical farming methods has led to massive crop failures, often resulting in withered plants where precipitation is less than expected.

    The overall dependency of foreign oil, crowded cities, toxic oceans, dangerous nuclear reactors, aging populations and an absurd amount of golf courses with a dwindling amount of farmland has left the country in search of new options as it carries on to the next generation.

    Clearly, the small benefits of such difficult circumstances are found in the reappearance of organic farming and a return to heritage farming, which will encourage the implementation of sustainable production methods, including industrial hemp growth.

    Japan recognizes this new and exciting vision of how hemp could influence the country's culture as it combines meaningful steps towards recycling and reducing consumption, especially in wood products, to use your skills with the country's traditional arts and soul with her modern heroic deed in the production and marketing.

    Hemp and marijuana was not always an unpopular product in Japan. In fact, it has been well taken care of in Japanese culture. Traditional uses for hemp should make ceremonial linen clothing for the imperial family and Shinto priests. These included the Japanese emperor, who functions as high priest in the Shinto culture. Other common uses are washi (finely made papers), horseshoe noren (ritual curtains) and bell ropes for Shinto shrines and sumo rituals.

    In fact, hemp is known to grow in Japan since the Neolithic Jomon period. Jomon itself means "patterns of ropes" that were actually made from hemp. Archaeological evidence provides cannabis seeds as a food source during this period (10,000 to 300 BC). This hunter-gatherer society of humans lived a civilized existence and used hemp for weaving clothes and making basket. But what is not clear, how and when these seeds arrived in Japan.

    It is often difficult to distinguish the facts of history from the omnipresent myths that create the religion of Shinto. Although impartial analysis suggests that hemp, how much of its culture, was likely imported and adapted by the Japanese from China or Korea, many scholars would insist that hemp was abundant in Japan prior to contact with both countries.

    To better understand the journey of these first cannabis seeds, it may be beneficial to consider some other prominent imports that have played a role in shaping Japanese culture and indeed the standards of their civilization. Buddhism, Nassfeld rice and Washi paper; The latter is easiest to follow, as it is written on paper.
    "AD 105 paper, as we know, was invented by Ts'ai Lun, a Chinese court official, and it is believed that Ts'ai mixed mulberry rind, hemp and rags with water, whipped them into a porridge and squeezed out the liquid The thin mat hung to dry in the sun, paper was born, and this modest mix would break up one of the greatest communications revolutions of humanity, literature and the arts flourished in China.

    A.D. 610 - Buddhist monks gradually spread art to Japan. Papermaking became an integral part of Japanese culture and was used for writing material, fans, clothes, dolls and as an integral part of the homes. The Japanese were also the first to use blockprinting technology.

    Over 80 subtle varieties of paper spread throughout Japan within 50 years of touching the land after Korean monk, Doncho, produced a piece of paper for his royal demonstration of hemp rags and mulberry bark, as is the Chinese tradition.

    Another Japanese staple, Nassfeldreis, found its way from the Middle Kingdom to Japan around 300BC. Seed stocks first arrive in Korea, where they are brought by traders across the narrow but rough channel to Shimonoseki, the southern island of Kyushu, which is the closest to the Asian mainland. It is likely that hemp made the same journey before or around the same time. There have been reported seeds from prehistoric periods that have been uncovered on the island of Kyushu, which would suggest that such a passage definitely took place before the common era; But scientific dating techniques would struggle to put a precise date on such an artifact.

    To support this theory, a cave painting found in the coasts of Kyushu shows tall stems and hemp leaves, also from the Jomon period. It is one of the earliest works of art discovered in Japan. All in all, the picture seems to show that traders bring a plant by boat. Along the trunk are small pairs of bud leaves or twigs. The plants themselves are large and at the top carry large, distinctive, seven-fingered hemp leaves.

    The top of this hemp plant is a sun-like aura that suggests the relationship between sun and hemp in Shinto and is strikingly similar to the hieroglyphic carvings from Mediterranean cultures, which display a similar sun / hemp motif.

    Hemp has an important role in Shinto mythology, the "Way of the Gods," as the ancient indigenous religion of Japan is known. Shinto is the spirituality of Japan and its people, it is a series of practices that are conducted with care to create a connection between today's Japan and its ancient past. Plants, trees, rocks, and animals are all seen to possess a kind of spirit or awe that can be terrible or peaceful.

    Their practices were first recorded and codified in the written records of the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in the 8th century.

    Hemp was used in these practices to purify and evict evil. Ceremonies in Major's shrines involved the burning of Taima (cannabis). Cannabis seeds are also used in Shinto ceremonies and sometimes hemp leaves are also burned as an "invitation to the spirits".

    Many products continue to be sold to the Japanese, washcloths and curtains of Chinese and Korean hemp, some new hemp products from Western manufacturers are also starting to launch. Given Japan's enthusiasm for traditional North American fashion, this could be a thriving industry if the restrictions were relaxed.

    There are now several stores selling hemp products including Asakoii, a traditional hemp shop in Kyoto, which continues to serve cartridges since the 1600s, surviving wars and prohibition. Perhaps the greatest importance of this business is its emphasis on the ancient fusion of spirituality, art and agriculture, a vital example of Hemp's rich history in Japan. Her hemp Noren sign boasts in Japanese; "We only know hemp, but we know every detail."

    Like many governments, the Japanese parliaments are reluctant and under-portrayed about the benefits of extensive hemp farming, and although the current legal status has the potential to nurture hemp, the process can be lengthy and in vain.
    On the other hand, as international exchange progresses, bringing with it a cross between fresh ideas in business and activism, the hemp market needs to increase. With many young Japanese entrepreneurs looking to expand into this exciting field, and a few American companies already starting to reap the rewards.

    Whether Japan is evolving and adapting its attitude and knowledge of hemp, including law and regulation; So that the land can reap the rewards of a versatile and living plant as in the past, is a question that can still be seen. One thing that remains clear is that hemp has had a huge cultural and agricultural role in the development of Japan as a nation.