Superior Incense

Incense has been part of everyday life even long before today's high-stress society. Incense has helped people compose themselves and brings them calm.

In creating this incense we sought the ultimate in fragrance made with abundant use of agarwood from Vietnam, including the most valuable form of it, kyara.
Nippon Kodo's superior incense represents a heritage passed down to this day from the late-16th century Tensho period incense merchant, Koju, that supplied the imperial court with incense.
A collector's collection with a limited annual production run, and using the rarest of materials.
Enchanting, noble, profound, and subtle - a timeless aroma with endless breadth and evocative depth.
Savor the lasting, bewitching delight of fragrant kyara wood.

Agarwood and kyara

Agarwood is harvested only in a limited area of South-East Asia centered on Vietnam.
The wood of this tree is white, light and odorless, However, with sufficient time, the forces of nature and the unique functions of the wood itself bring forth the fragrant agarwood aroma treasured since olden times.

Of that agarwood, kyarais considered the most refined form of it.
Its pure, elegant aroma, which differs from tree to tree, has charmed countless people through the ages.

The Nippon Kodo difference

  • Carefully selected raw materials
    1. Carefully selected raw materialsAgarwood from Vietnam - and kyara - are hard to come by these days. We carefully scrutinize and rigorously select wood from the plentiful stock built up over the years in our warehouses via unique supply routes that we have forged, and use it unsparingly in our products.
  • Production environment
    2. Production environmentWe do our utmost to prevent heat from harming the sublime aromas, and therefore do our production work only in winter - the one season considered suitable for it.
  • By the hands of skilled craftspeople
    3. By the hands of skilled craftspeopleTop-level artisans who cut no corners take their time in painstakingly handcrafting the matured incense.
    Sense and savor the nuances of aroma born of this delicate process of creation.

Superior series