Japanese Buckwheat Pillow Origins

Around 600 years ago, the Japanese discovered amazing benefits of using buckwheat hull also called sobakawa in their bedding, then they started using it in pillows (Makura).


Many people want to know “What is Buckwheat?” Buckwheat is not a type of grain like wheat. It is a fruit whose closest relative is known as rhubarb. It is similar to a sunflower seed, which has a hard outer shell known as hull that protects the buckwheat seed. Buckwheat is one of the ancient crops which has an important role in the history of mankind.

Buckwheat is not only a food but can also be used in medical treatments. It is used to treat high blood pressure, gout, varicose veins and radiation damage.

In the ancient times, many parts of the buckwheat plant have been used for staples, food, porridges, teas, bedding, beer, upholstery as well as medicine. You can find this in a number of cultural and religious practices in Hindu Fasting Days.

Usage of Japanese Buckwheat Hull Pillows in Japan

Today, everyone in Japan and other countries of Asia, are using Japanese buckwheat hull Pillows, spreading it’s comfort and benefits throughout the globe. Almost one hundred years ago, the secret buckwheat hull pillows came to North America through Canada and quickly spread throughout the countries. The success of buckwheat pillows lies in its therapeutic nature. The hull of the buckwheat pillow allows air to circulate throughout the pillow, which supports the neck and spine. It helps to balance the temperature and keep your head cool in the summer and warm in winter, because it offers comfortable support by absorbing the sweat and heat, actually allowing to dissipate it. Throughout the history, this buckwheat hull pillow have been used for anxiety, stress, tension and insomnia.

The Japanese Buckwheat Hull Pillow or Soba gara makura, well known in Japan, continues to be the most popular pillow used in Japan. This pillow helps you to sleep comfortably in the proper position keeping your spine in good alignment.

The Japanese buckwheat hull pillows are made of 100% thoroughly cleansed fresh organic buckwheat.The hulls of the pillow are polished and adjusted to each other so that it fits the contour of head and neck and gives full support. Outside Japan, many people are using buckwheat pillow, covered in the traditional Japanese futon fabric imported directly from Japan. The Japanese Buckwheat Pillows need to be sunned outdoors occasionally so that there is no moisture in the content of the organic buckwheat hulls.

When your muscles are in the proper position they do not have to work so hard during the night. The pillows can heal you from the daily irritation of head, arm or head movements.

Proper sleep affects our performance throughout the day. The Japanese buckwheat hull pillow helps you to relax your muscles that will ease your body pain and will give you better sleep.

More than 70 million Japanese are using buckwheat hull pillows and many have been using it since many decades. Over the last few years, it is making its way to the United States. Many specialists have found the soothing powers of the buckwheat hulls. As per the survey, in the year 2007, Japan produced almost 34,000 tons of buckwheat hulls as compared to the United States having 70,000 tons. Many people in Japan have claimed that the buckwheat pillows have solved their snoring problems, migraines and sinuses.

Usage of Buckwheat Hull Pillows outside Japan

Apart from Japanese, people of different countries can enjoy better sleep by using the buckwheat hull pillows. Following are the benefits which people can get by using it:

  1. Helps in reducing stress of your spine and neck
  2. Helps you to feel energized and rejuvenated after a long good night’s sleep
  3. Cervical and lumbar problems can be treated
  4. Useful for people with allergies from synthetic fillers in pillows
  5. Durable and last for several years in your homes
  6. Don’t reflect or conduct heat

The trend of using the buckwheat hull pillows has spread everywhere throughout the globe. The most important quality of the product is that it helps to support the neck and head during sleep. Doctors recommend the Japanese buckwheat hull pillows, to those patients who are suffering from snoring, neck pain, cramps, etc. This quality makes the buckwheat hull pillow more ideal for any type of sleep, from back and side to stomach. A zippered buckwheat pillows allow you to add or adjust, to customize the loft.

The Japanese buckwheat hull pillows are available in all sizes and shapes to suit individual needs. These can be purchased with natural herbs added to it for the purpose of calming and energizing the session of aroma therapy.

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18 comments on “Japanese Buckwheat Pillow Origins
  1. Jane Macduff says:

    Good morning – I live in Johannesburg South Africa and would like to get a buckwheat pillow. Please could you give me a price and postage cost?
    Or do you have a supplier in South Africa.

    Best wishes
    Jane Macduff

    • Bernard says:

      Hi Jane – thanks for reaching out! We currently do not have a supplier in South Africa.

      We’ll keep you posted when we’re able to service that area! 😀

  2. Gina says:

    I’m looking to replace my buckwheat bed pillows that were stolen from my family during a recent move from the mainland USA to Honolulu HI. I’ve tried to find them in the USA but no one knows what I’m talking about. Do you ship to Oahu Hawaii? If yes, please let me know the cost of each pillow and shipping prices.

    Best regards,
    Sleepless in Hawaii

  3. Jorge says:

    Do you carry the round cylindrical pillow rather than the flat regular pillow?

  4. George says:

    Do you ship the Sobakawa pillow to Philippines or do you have an agent here?

  5. Bianca says:

    Good day
    Can you ship a pillow to South africa?

  6. Mandy says:

    I would like to order one pillow. Do they come in different sizes?

  7. Rajesh wadhwa says:

    Need to buy buck wheat pillow in india can it be shipped to me

  8. Jerry Bille Nielsen says:

    Amazon is not shipping this to Denmark.
    Possible to order from you and you can ship to Denmark ?

    Best regards
    Jerry Bille Nielsen

  9. Yosri M says:

    Urgently I need a buckwheat pillow due to severe upper crosses syndrome .
    I need to get it shipped to Qatar
    Kindly advise , willing to pay for the shipment cost

  10. Tina says:

    Hello Bernard
    I’m interested in the traditional style round buckwheat pillows as shown in the image in this artical can tell me if that is achieved by folding a flat pillow or does it come in a round style in Asia. I have used the flat style but need the better support the round style would give could you please help and explain how they achieved that in years pass.

    Thank You

  11. Kerri says:

    Have just returned from Japan and would like to purchase a buck wheat pillow.
    So need to know price and how to access

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