Features of Paulownia wood (kiri)
The wood of the Paulownia tree (kiri) is the lightest of all native trees in Japan. It is moisture absorbent, has good insulating properties and is naturally insect resistant. For these reasons, it often tends to be used for making chests of drawers, boxes and wooden clogs geta. It has a softness, which feels familiar to the touch. Japanese arts and crafts Kogei products made of Paulownia make use of these characteristics. Japanese people like using them in their daily lives. Paulownia boxes (kiribako are highly regarded for use as luxury vanity cases (they exude a sense of luxury from a Japanese point of view).