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J-Life Kanji Red Buckwheat Hull Pillow

J-Life Kanji Red 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.

The Kanji script is from an old Japanese poem that reads:

"The fragrant, colored flowers are delicately scattered. Who can remain unchanged in this world? Transcend the present world, do not dream fleeting dreams, do not act out."

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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Larraine L.
United States United States

Perfect pillow

As am asthmatic woth sleep apnea pillow hunting has been a nightmare. I got this more as an experiment and as a design element to the entire sleeping system with plans to use the neck roll for travel. The adjustability and oddly the firmness of the buckwheat hulls make this a great pillow whether you sleep on your side, back, or stomach. I toss and turn when sleeping and the pillow seems to accomodate all of it. Don't be afraid to add or remove buckwheat hulls as needed to adjust the pillow to your comfort.

Julia S.
United States United States

Buckwheat pillow attractive and high quality

Very pleased. No complaints. Perfect size. What you should know: 1)The pillow is filled to the max with hulls-so much so that it is rounded and rigid. I need a much flatter pillow that can change shape. Fortunately, it is easy to remove hulls, which I did, leaving about 40% in the pillow. 2) The pillow arrives already fitted with its beautiful cover and sleeve.However, the hulls, which I expected to be in an separate inner zipper pouch, are loose inside this main outer cover, fyi. 3) Also, the fabric is a rough heavier-weight cotton. Feels like canvas against the skin. So I purchased a mulberry silk "toddler" pillowcase in the same size that I found online for $14 .