Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, is the next wellness trend. This lush guide from one one of the leading experts on the topic explains the science, explores the many health benefits, and provides recipes and rituals for bringing the healing power of the forest home.
Yoshifumi Miyazaki is a university professor, researcher and the deputy director of Chiba University’s Centre for Environment, Health and Field Sciences. He has published several books on the effects and benefits of forest therapy, and the concept is spreading – the Japanese government has created dozens of forest therapy centres. In 2000 Yoshifumi received the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Award for clarifying the health benefits of wood and shinrin yoku, and later an award from the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology in 2007.