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When architectural designer Motomi Morii, 38, thinks of her childhood, she thinks of her grandparents’ old house, filled with the smell of lumber.

“The best memories for me as a child come from that house,” she says. “It was an old house. That part of my family ran a lumber company, so the house always smelled of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood. In the backyard, there were fig trees and a stream. All the neighbors were friends, and we had festivities and local fireworks.”

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