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Nurturing Warmth in Wood and Protecting Society

The effect of 'wood,' a people-friendly material, has garnered great attention while needs are growing for wood construction in a broad range of fields from education to healthcare and nursing.
The Sumitomo Forestry Group has cultivated the potential of wood to discover value unique to wood and been contributing to both people and society since its founding. MOCCA (timber solution) proposes wooden construction and decorative wood able to offer healthy lifestyles while also providing users tranquility and comfort as a business unique to Sumitomo Forestry.
We have built a proven track record in a wide range of 36 large and small ventures as of fiscal 2016 that includes elderly care facilities, educational facilities and commercial complexes. Construction with Japanese domestic timber in urban areas is becoming ever more popular including the New National Stadium where the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are held. Construction with wood is expected to accelerate in terms of environmental friendliness as well. We aim to grow our four billion yen a year in orders today to ten billion yen by fiscal 2018.

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Order Trends (2012-2016 Performance/2017 Forecast)

Order Trends (2014-2016 Performance/2017-2018 Forecast)

Wooden Schoolhouses to Nurture and Enrich Children - Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture -

Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture was vastly devastated by the tsunami that struck the area in the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the aftermath of the disaster, the elementary school students from the Nobiru District of Higashi-Matsushima City had been taught at a prefabricated temporary schoolhouse for over five years following the disaster. A block was built on high grounds as a relocation site where people could begin their new lives and construction of an elementary school was planned on grounds next to the satoyama.

The concept is a 'school of the forest'. We proceeded with construction of the building to nurture and educate children to have strong bodies and minds in an environment filled with nature while exchanging ideas with the local citizens and naturalist C.W. Nicol.

In December 2016, Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi was completed as a symbol of the city's reconstruction and the first school with a schoolhouse and indoor gymnasium built from wood. While this was the first time we had built an elementary school, the project was completed and delivered on schedule thanks to the cooperation of all of the construction and other local contractors.

The school buildings are astounding with the beauty of wood enshrouded in the smell of wood. This venture also contributed to revitalizing the local forestry by using solid wood from about 5,000 trees, mainly cedar, from Tohoku for the construction materials. The interior was also designed by using an abundance of wood to bring the warm and welcoming feel of wood through the touch of a hand or a seat on the floor. We are positive the children's love for this school will grow into a love for the local community as their stories are engraved within over time.

This wood also absorbs moisture and offers great heat insulation properties as 'virtues inherit to wood'. Moreover, studies suggest wooden construction helps control the spread of influenza*1. In addition, spending time inside of architecture made of wood promises greater focus and steadiness of mind*2.

We hope many children with global talent will graduate from this amazing elementary school in Higashi-Matsushima City. We also would like for these children to then return to Higashi-Matsushima City and become active in their region's revitalization.

  • *1 Wooden School Construction: Handbook for Building Three-story Wooden School Buildings" by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • *2 "Demonstrating that space with wood patterns are relaxing and easy to concentrate" won the Future Action category at the KIDS DESIGN AWARD 2011
Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashi-Matsushima City
Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashi-Matsushima City
Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashi-Matsushima City
Supporting Health by Befriending the Elderly - Gran Forest Gakugei Daigaku Elderly Care Facility -

Wooden construction is more popular today with awareness of the health benefits even for elderly care facilities conventionally built with reinforced concrete. For example, a component in the fragrance of wood known as 'phytoncide' has benefits suitable for the elderly from lowering blood pressure and claming pulse to better mental well-being.

Sumirin Fill Care Co., Ltd., a Sumitomo Forestry Group company, opened the "Gran Forest Gakugei Daigaku" nursing home with special care facilities in February 2017 with these benefits in mind. Gran Forest incorporates an indoor living space that improve the quality of sleep as well as a garden to enhance cognitive function based on results of research conducted at the Sumitomo Forestry Tsukuba Research Institute to better the physical and mental health of residents.

The combination of wooden interiors and indirect lighting in indoor living spaces that provide benefits which enhance function of the parasympathetic nerve system, improve sleep quality and minimize fatigue are implemented in every room. Timber is effectively placed on walls and throughout the interior while optimizing fixtures such as the brightness, color and timing to turn on and off indoor lighting to create an environment where residents can relax and sleep with ease.

The garden also takes advantage of our research effective in delaying progress of dementia by strengthening cognitive function through stimulus that includes interaction with nature and the trees to evoke memories and events of the past as well as the textile movement used when touching the plants. The garden named 'Hanaemi' to represent the smiles that bloom there every day has a housing exterior with well-thought out walkways for easy access as well as a variety of perfectly placed garden vegetation.

Gran Forest Gakugei Daigaku
Gran Forest Gakugei Daigaku
Gran Forest Gakugei Daigaku

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