KININ – What’s in a name? Japanese Culture Meets Medical Terminology
When we set out on our mission to bring therapeutic aromatherapy products to market last year, there were a LOT of different company names offered by the larger team. They ranged from concepts with botanical origins to emphasis on portability to cultural influences and more.
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.’ There is only one known KININ seal in existence, and it is available for public viewing in the Fukuoka City Museum, in Fukuoka, Japan.
In medical terminology, a Kinin is defined as “any of a group of substances formed in body tissue in response to injury.”
We named the company KININ Wellness Pods because building portable botanical 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 as the basis for doing so.