Constructed using segments of compressed, sustainable Japanese Cypress. These stave drums not only look beautiful and unique, they also produce a controlled and tight sound you must hear to believe. Many years ago, as the demand for housing in Japan was reaching record levels, vast forests were planted to meet construction needs. Conifer trees such as the Japanese Cypress (which does not lose its leaves with the changing seasons) were among the most popular for building materials. Today, the need for new housing has subsided. As a result, these massive forests have become overcrowded, blocking out the sunlight and endangering the fragile mountainous ecosystem. Japanese arborists have begun removing Japanese Cypress trees in an attempt to thin out the forest and make the ecosystem healthy again.