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A wonderful skin care product born from the mythical land of Izumo is now available at FUN! JAPAN SELECT SHOP.
kiu (祈雨) is a skin care brand born from a traditional magatama making company founded in 1901 in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
With the theme of prayer, kiu is developing products derived from plants that are gentle on the skin, using Izumo Wakan herbs and the hot spring water of Tamatsukuri Onsen.
Reset your mind and body with items from kiu and spend a relaxing time wrapped in a gentle scent.
■Makomo Face Soap
"禊 Misogi (Ablutions)"
The Suzumidono no Matsuri (凉殿祭) held on June 1st in Izumo is commonly known as the Shinto Ritual of Makomo (真菰神事). Sand and Makomo plants (Zizania latifolia) are laid on the path that God goes through, and worshipers take the Makomo home and put in the bathtub to pray for good health. It is said that the purifying effect of Makomo is high enough to purify the water of rice fields and rivers, and it may be because of its high purification power that the shimenawa ropes of the main shrine of Izumo Taisha ares made of Makomo.
【Aroma】 calm and warm image of a satoyama (village and mountain). The relaxing scent of lavender oil and the woody and warm scent of juniper fruit oil.
■Yamamomo Face Soap
"縁 En (Fate)"
There is a legend in Japanese mythology that the pursuit was dismissed by the spiritual power of the peach fruit that the ancient god threw to escape from the demons of the land of the dead. Therefore, in Japan, peaches, known locally as Momo (桃) have been known since ancient times as "the fruit of God" that drives away demons.
There is a theory that the peach in the mythology is a "Yamamomo" (やまもも - wild peach) that has been growing naturally in Taki-cho, Izumo City for a long time.
Yamomo is rich in potassium, which is necessary for recovery from fatigue, and polyphenols, which promote antioxidant activity.
Its flower language, "with all one's heart, to love only one person,", is also cut and wonderful.
【Aroma】 Elegant, sweet and gentle scent of geranium oil and majorana leaf oil
■Usagi-no-Shio Face Soap
"清 Kiyome (Purification)"
Usagi-no-shio (うさぎの塩) salt is made by the traditional method of cooking with firewood in Usagi (鵜鷺), a historic port town in Shimane Prefecture. It is also environmentally friendly, such as using only wood waste for the firewood used in Shiogama.
"Usagi-no-shio soap" uses the first batch of salt that crystallizes first. Minerals contained in salt remove unwanted dead skin cells and dissolve dirt from pores.
Since ancient times in Japan, salt has been considered good for purifying of the surroundings of a person. For that reason, the Usagi-no-shio soap was named "Kiyome" (meaning purification).
【Aroma】A clean and clear scent of tea tree oil
■Izumo Wakan Lotion Mask
A lotion mask that wraps the skin and traps moisture.
Contains Izumo wild plants (Makomo / Yamamomo) and Tamatsukuri Onsen hot spring water.
For when you want to relax or concentrate on moisturizing.
It leads to moisturized skin like after getting out of a hot spring.
A mild and skin-friendly formula.
◉ The scent of Kuromoji (Lindera umbellata) calms the mind and leads to a relaxing time.
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