The Art Of Japanese Incense Appreciation

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CRAFT: The Art of Japanese Incense Appreciation

Coinciding with the introduction of Buddhism in the 6th century, the burning of incense is an important part of Japanese culture, steeped in history and time-honoured tradition. Integral to traditional ceremonies, incense can be found burning in temples and homes throughout Japan – filling the air with evocative fragrances to accompany meditation and prayer.



Supplying Zen Buddhist temples across Japan, Baieido is one of the oldest traditional incense makers in the world. Founded in 1657 in Sakai, Osaka prefecture, Baieido have been perfecting the production of incense for over 300 years, specialising in agarwood or Jinko. Using secret recipes passed from generation to generation, Baieido’s premium incense is completely natural, mild and low-smoke. Try their signature scent Kōbunboku for an easy introduction to the brand.



With a similarly long-reaching history, Shoyeido was founded in Kyoto by the Hata family. Developing and refining fragrances over centuries, Shoyeido’s blending process is considered a highly skilled art form, undertaken by in-house incense ‘masters’. Keenly protected, Shoyeido’s company recipes use only the finest natural ingredients and specialise in sandalwood. For those keen to sample Shoyeido’s famous fragrances, their collection of Kyō-senkō daily incense is the perfect place to start.

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