KININ – What’s in a name?

The name “KININ” actually has dual meaning. On one hand, a “KININ” is a gold seal or stamp that Chinese Emperor Guangwu (Later Han Dynasty) presented to a the king of the Nakoku kingdom in the Yayoi Era (400BC – 250AD) as a part of what is referred to as “the great cultural exchange” between China and Japan.

The KININ was discovered by a local farmer named Jinbe on the 23rd of February, in 1784. 漢委奴国王 (kan no wa no na no kokuou) is carved on the stamp, which means ‘the king of Nakoku.’


KININ seal - great cultural exchange between China and Japan

There is only one known KININ seal in existence, and it is available for public viewing in the Fukuoka City Museum, in Fukuoka, Japan.

There is a memorial plaque at the entrance of the park where the seal was found in addition to ancient maps featuring Shikanoshima Island and a poetic tablet with a verse written by ancient Chinese historian Guo Moruo on it. At the park, there is an excellent view of Nokonoshima Island and the Genkai Sea, a beautiful setting that evokes nature and history.

In medical terminology, a Kinin is defined as “any of a group of substances formed in body tissue in response to injury.” The role of aromatherapy in modern society is healing in nature, providing relief from the everyday stresses we all face.

We named the company KININ Wellness Pods because building portable botanical aromatherapy blends that are sourced from all around the world is both a combination of cultural exchange, and an effort to help people feel the way they want to, using natural aromatherapy. You can learn more about each of the blends we offer, or the essential oils that we use on the blend pods page and the ingredients page.

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