An ancient forest, also termed virgin forest, that has attained great age without significant disturbance. Particularly famous among the primeval forests in Japan, the buna (Japanese beech) forest of the Shirakami Mountains, a World Natural Heritage Site. Shinrinyoku (forest bathing), a Japanese concept that considers walking in the woods as a kind of therapy because of its relaxing and refreshing effects produced by the fresh smell of trees, has been drawing attention and becoming popular among foreign tourists as well. “Primitive people didn’t have to travel this far to enjoy shinrinyoku. They must have been very happy,” thinks Sakura while strolling in the forest.