What is it?
Shinrin Yoku began in Japan 30+ years ago. The words translate as Forest bathing and professor Yamazaki of Chiba University developed the concept. He stated that man’s natural environment is, like all the other apes, one of woodlands. But, humans have evolved over the years and created an artificial environment, living in buildings, shopping for food rather than growing it and recently becoming addicted to technology such as TVs, computers and phones.
We live in increasing complex environments and cities. Tokyo with 38 million residents is why Japan was the first place to officially recognise the issues of stress, high blood pressure, depression and poor concentration caused by 21st century life.