A visit to the planetarium will first and foremost dazzle one's sense of sight, but the Ikebukuro Konica Minolta Planetarium in Japan is hoping to make the experience all the more immersive by integrating scent.
The Star Night Healing event is described as a "forest therapy" experience that sets the stars amidst an enchanting woodland scene. The entire experience is designed to give rest and relaxation to the busy minds and bodies of people who live in the city.
The oils that are used at the event are specially selected for their beneficial properties. For instance, hinoki cypress from Yakushima will be used, which is rich in phytoncide, which is a chemical that is known for its healing properties. In fact, the term "forest bathing" refers to the Japanese practice of using wood essential oils for the purposes of supporting one's immune system,