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J-Life Black Ultra Sateen Buckwheat Hull Pillow

J-Life Black Ultra Sateen Buckwheat Hull Pillow

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The J-Life Soba Gara Makura

The J-Life Buckwheat Hull Pillow, or Soba Gara Makura, adheres to centuries of Japanese tradition by creating a pillow that is simple, comfortable, and durable. In Japan, the most popular type of pillow is not filled with down feathers or synthetic fiberfill. It is filled with buckwheat hulls- the tiny seed casings of the buckwheat plant. 

This buckwheat pillow features solid black fabric with a slight sheen.


Why Switch to Buckwheat?

Buckwheat husk pillows create a sleep surface that is firm yet cushioned, so it conforms perfectly to the curvature of the neck and head in any position. This can be particularly beneficial for people who suffer from neck or back pain, as the pillow helps to align the spine and improve sleep posture.

Buckwheat husk filling is also naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and moisture-wicking, which helps keep you cool and dry throughout the night.

The buckwheat hulls we use in our pillows are 100% organic, double cleaned, and grown here in the USA. They contain no toxic chemicals from fumigation unlike imported buckwheat hulls.


Traditional Japanese Comfort

Our buckwheat pillows are available in two styles: the buckwheat neckroll pillow and the rectangular buckwheat pillow (sold separately). Faithful to Japanese tradition, your buckwheat husk pillow set is composed of:

  • An outer sheath that functions like a pillowcase and is available in White Ultra Sateen or in the same matching fabric as the outer case. In Japan, the color white is considered sacred and is associated with purity, humility, and cleanliness. It holds great significance in the Shinto religion.
  • An outer case made with 100% cotton imported traditional Japanese fabric.
  • 100% organic buckwheat hull filling.

You can also choose to add the calming, sleep-inducing fragrance of organic French lavender to your pillow.

All of our buckwheat sleeping pillows are handmade by skilled craftsmen and designed to last for many years. After you try it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.


Rectangular Buckwheat Pillow: 13" x 18" - 3.8 pounds

Buckwheat Neck Pillow: 3.5" x 15" - 1.2 pounds


Visit our blog to learn more about the Japanese tradition of Soba Gara Makura and to view our care guide.

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Andrew T.
United States

Best sleep I've had in years!!

J-Life International is an excellent company with high quality products. I purchased the round buckwheat hull pillow for under my neck. It works perfect for back sleepers (such as myself). Best sleep I've had in years!!

Ebeth C.
United States United States


I love these. J-life makes the comfiest bedding for the minimalist :)

Lauren K.
United States United States

Versatile might pillow!

I have the rectangle pillow and I am surprised by how versatile it turned out to be. I’ve never had a buckwheat hull pillow before so I read up on it first. I took a hot bath before I used it for the first time and since I already know I like thin pillows, I took a considerable amount of buckwheat hulls out. This is recommended to adjust to your preference. After the bath I just sank into the pillow and let myself rest for a few minutes. It was wonderful and gave me a chance to adjust the amount of hulls. Sleeping on this pillow means no tossing and turning for me. I have used this pillow to compliment yoga poses, also my acupressure mat, and to support my lower back when I’m in my office chair. I got used to the sound of the hulls, they are a nice reminder that it’s organic material in my home and not more foam full of chemicals. I’m sensitive to chemical smells and found no issues using this pillow.

Brenna R.
United States United States

So Much Support

This pillow is very supportive, and after a couple months of using it in combination with the rest of the J-Life bedding system, I have seen a marked improvement in neck and back pain when getting out of bed in the morning. I had to take about 1/3 of the contents out to make it more comfortable to sleep on. The natural woody smell of the buckwheat is really pleasant.

Logan H.
United States United States

One of the Better Pillows

Pillow is amazing and high quality aside from a few setbacks. The support given is immense but because it is so firm, it is nearly impossible to use when laying on the stomach, and can hurt your ears if on the side. Further, it is not very versatile in the sense that you can't put it anywhere else for your body except your head. Finally the case covers maybe 90% of the pillow, so a little spot staining from drool can happen on the sides. Otherwise, very nice smelling, feeling, and firm pillow that offers a lot of head support in the correct position. It's also very pleasant to look at (if it isn't drooled on).