Number of sticks: 20 sticks
Stick length: Approximately 14 cm each
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes
Country of origin: Made in Japan
What we say: A warming, soft and gently spiced incense. The amber is obvious with its pleasant warmth. It is like a mulled wine comforting feeling. Well, I have probably put you off now if you don’t like mulled wine but I am not saying it smells like mulled wine. More that it creates the atmosphere of inner warmth. It is sweet with a very light and gentle smoke. Brett
They say: Quality herbs are lavishly used. Inspiring piquancy gives profound bitterness, while mellow sweetness adds substance to fragrance.
Dictionary Terms Explained
- High quality, pure
Japanese incense (speaking in general terms) is refined, pure, light smoke and rich in natural ingredients such as sandalwood. They don't usually have the thin wooden stick centre that is often found in Indian and other incense sticks. They are normally pure incense right the way through the stick. They are often designed with meditation in mind. Due to the high quality manufacturing processes the incense goes through they can be a little bit more expensive than other incense on the market.
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The History of Japanese Incense
Nippon Kodo Incense
- High quality Japanese incense
The Japanese incense company, Nippon Kodo, was founded over four centuries ago and originally began by producing high quality incense for the Emperor of Japan. The company has continued to thrive ever since, now accounting for more than 50% of the entire incense industry in Japan.
Over 400 years ago, Jyuemon Takai, or Koju, was the main creator of high quality incense for the Emperor of Japan and his court. Skilled in the art of incense production, he made incense that produced rare and very special aromas. Another key name in the incense creation world, especially during the Meiji restoration period in the 19th century, was Yujiro Kito, and together their recipes and original formulas for these special incenses have been passed down the centuries and many are still used and produced by Nippon Kodo today.
In particular, there are three of the early incense products that have remained very popular throughout the centuries, both in Japan, and other countries, such as the United States. These three types of incense are Hana-no-Hana, Wakako and Taikan.
The company have a great philosophy about the importance of celebrating incense and recognise that, although many people simply love the ability of incense to fragrance a room, for others, their use comes down to spiritual and religious traditions. In fact, Nippon Kodo say that, through the production of their traditional Japanese incense they aim to, ‘cherish the ancient traditions and values’.
Since 1942, Nippon Kodo has become a major international company, catering for the world incense market. Their modern factory base uses the most advanced methods and technology to produce high quality incense, to traditional, tried and tested formulas.
The ingredients of Nippon Kodo incense are all high quality and are sourced from around the world. Experts help locate and harvest the rare aromatic woods, natural gums, resins and other ingredients used to make their incense. Once acquired, the ingredients are processed by hand, and by machine, in their eight factories in Japan and Hong Kong.
- Sun stone, positivity
Amber is often referred to as the sun stone and has a personality that almost makes you smile when you hold it. Strictly speaking, it's not a crystal, but rather the fossilised resin of trees, which in some cases formed millions of years ago. As such, it has a strong connection with the past, and in larger pieces small insects that last flew a long time ago can sometimes be seen, captured in the resin and preserved forever.
The energy of amber is bright and cheery, so it can be good stone to have around if you need a burst of positivity. The stone is very light so is ideal for jewellery, and unlike other crystals, it isn't cold to touch. Amber has a long history and has been found in the burial sites of ancient peoples - this may be because it was regarded as having purifying properties.