Nippon Kodo Incense

Naturense Oriental Mind Japanese Incense - 40 short sticks

    Product Information

    Number of sticks: Approximately 40 sticks
    Stick length: Approximately 14 cms each
    Burn time per stick: About 35 minutes
    Country of origin: Made in Japan

    What Holisticshop staff think

    "What a lovely choice of essential oils to add to these sticks. The smell out of the box is rich, captivating, a bit spicy, earthy and yet fragrant. The colour which comes to mind is brown, which is coincidently the colour of the box. Sandalwood is one of the most popular traditional scents for Japanese incense and for those that have smelt good quality sandalwood incense, you will recognise the rich, spicy yet fulfilling tone. To me, the patchouli wasn't so instantly recognisable, but on concentrating it was very obvious. So I guess this meant the two flavours blended well together. I am not really sure what the title 'Oriental Mind' means, but to me this incense will be great for meditating and also great for burning during ceremony, workshops or spiritual practice."

    By Brett Almond

    Dictionary Terms Explained

    Japanese incense - 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.

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    What Holisticshop staff think

    "What a lovely choice of essential oils to add to these sticks. The smell out of the box is rich, captivating, a bit spicy, earthy and yet fragrant. The colour which comes to mind is brown, which is coincidently the colour of the box. Sandalwood is one of the most popular traditional scents for Japanese incense and for those that have smelt good quality sandalwood incense, you will recognise the rich, spicy yet fulfilling tone. To me, the patchouli wasn't so instantly recognisable, but on concentrating it was very obvious. So I guess this meant the two flavours blended well together. I am not really sure what the title 'Oriental Mind' means, but to me this incense will be great for meditating and also great for burning during ceremony, workshops or spiritual practice."

    By Brett Almond

    Reviews - rated 5/5 based on customer reviews

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    As someone who prefers not to have overpowering aromas (especially the smell of smoke!) in the treatment room, these short sticks of Japanese incense are ideal. The 30 minutes burn time is more than sufficient to have the treatment room smelling nice, it's less of a fire risk than scented candles and less overpowering/more natural than room sprays.
    This blend of sandalwood and patchouli leans more towards sandalwood - but that's not a complaint as I like the aroma of sandalwood. A nice touch is the inclusion of a small holder for the incense sticks with each box. All in all, I think I have been converted to the "Japanese Incense" cause and will undoubtedly be buying more in the future.

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