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J-Life Seikai Ha Navy Buckwheat Hull Pillow

J-Life Seikai Ha 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 dotwork seikai ha pattern printed in white on solid navy fabric. 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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Mark W.
United States United States


The pillow is great for dispersing heat away. I found it to compact though to sleep on regularly. If you made the dimensions a couple inches wider with the same amount of buckwheat then it would be great. But I still like it.

Chris R.
United States United States

pillow good


Brandon S.
United States United States

Better pillow

Very unique experience using this and also love the pillow

Perwiz S.
Australia Australia

Shikifuton, kakefuton, hull and silk pillows

Everything I bought is pretty good in quality. I was disappointed that items were made in China and I wish the hull pillows were bigger. They are a 3rd of the size of a normal pillow. I still do recommend! Thanks jlife!

Michael R.
United States United States

I like the pillow a lot

ongoing excellent regarding the pillow. I also bought a 3" queen futon which you would not ship to hawaii. So it has been sitting in Oregon at my sons due to my daughter in law unable to work for Alaska airlines due to covid. So, unable to ship it for me. Maybe someday I'll get to try it out. This won't be my first real futon. I have used them since I broke my back in 1980. I was so happy to find one in the USA, only to find that you consider Hawaii a foreign country. My review will have to wait along with me.