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J-Life Nami Navy Buckwheat Hull Pillow

J-Life Nami Navy 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 a traditional seikai ha pattern in cream and navy. You can learn more about this traditional Japanese pattern on our blog.


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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Gabrielle M.
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Transformative for floor sleeping!

My husband and I have been living nomadically and sleeping on a thin mat. We were faring OK, but weren't really enjoying the experience, and I was still struggling with some lingering neck and back pain from sleeping a few weeks on a bad (too soft) mattress and really uncomfortable pillows before wisely moving to the floor... I tried a few other kinds of pillows before finding these, including organic kapok pillows (became hard and flat without being supportive) and was becoming skeptical that the perfect pillow for us existed... I decided to try these largely because of an affinity to Japanese culture, minimalism, and aesthetics, so I trusted that maybe they had figured it out! The first night with these, I found mine a little hard, but that sensation completely subsided by the second or third night, giving way to a feeling of being perfectly supported in complete comfort, sleeping on both our back and sides. Both my husband and I are sleeping better than we have in a long while: we feel like we have figured out the magic bullet of floor sleeping! We also love the look and size of these: really aesthetically appealing, and in a size which makes them feel conducive to a nomadic lifestyle. I have also used mine as a meditation cushion. Really pleased with these.