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Warm and Aromatic Local Cedars at Miyazaki Airport Introduced with Remodeling of Security Checkpoint

Warm and Aromatic Local Cedars at Miyazaki Airport Introduced with Remodeling of Security Checkpoint

Agate lavishly constructed out of obi cedar at Miyazaki Airport.

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On November 9, Miyazaki Airport in Miyazaki, Miyaki Prefecture set up a gate lavishly constructed out of obi cedar (a local specialty) at the carry-on luggage screening checkpoint.

The remodeled equipment and design for travelers comes with the renewal of the airport's security screening checkpoint for departing passengers. Miyazaki Airport Building Co., Ltd., the terminal building's administrative operator, has utilized this special characteristic of the prefecture (which produces the most cedar in Japan) by using the locally produced lumber to provide airport visitors with the soothing effect of the wood's warmth and aroma.

Twenty obi cedars were cut down from the mountain forests of Saito City and used to make the gate built where security screenings and metal object inspections are carried out. Four of the trees were so-called "100-year cedars." The gate features a simple design utilizing the wood's beauty while employing stained glass with a motif of the prefecture's official tree (the Phoenix palm) and flower (the crinum). The checkpoint's shelves, tables and other furnishings have also been made out of wood as much as possible to make the overall design uniform.

According to a terminal building publicist, the company has received comments from travelers since the renewal such as "The wafting aroma of the cedar when I approach lightens up the ambience." The publicist said, "We hope that our customers will have a bit of a pleasant travel memory from our security checkpoint, a place that is typically stress-inducing."

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