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CULTURE OF INCENSE

Just as humanity has a history and culture, fragrance naturally also has its own history and culture

How and when was the culture of fragrance familiar to us now nurtured and cherished? Why not take a look at its profundities?

We furnish information about the history of fragrance and the raw materials, forms, and manufacturing methods for incense. In addition, we provide introductions to "Kodo" ("The Way of Incense"), the systematized Japanese art of fragrance without parallel worldwide. "Kodo" carries on the positioning of fragrance by the nobility in the ancient Heian period (794 - 1185) as part of their refined lifestyle and culture, and is deeply bound up with Japanese sensibility surrounding the four seasons as well as Japan's literature and poetry.