Byakudan Koubunboku (30 Grams) - Extra Sandalwood Incense

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Incense weight: 30 grams
Number of sticks: Approximately 110 short sticks. This may vary slightly though as the quantity of incense is based upon weight, not the number of sticks
Stick length: Approx 14 cms
Burn time per stick: About half an hour 
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

About sandalwood: An evergreen tree of the Santalaceae family found predominantly in India. Within India, the area by the southwest coast known as the Mysore region is referred to as Sandalwood City, and this is regulated by the Indian government. It is extremely famous for its production of superior quality Sandalwood as well as its high price. The heartwood of the Sandalwood tree has been valued from ancient times for carving Buddhist statues and ritual objects. Its aroma is proclaimed of in ancient works as; 'pure, powerful, emanating tranquility, when burnt it is superior to other incense aromas.'

More About Baieido Incense
Baieido is one of the oldest traditional incense producers in Japan and has been producing a range of pure and high quality incense for over 300 years. The company has a long history, which can be traced back to the Muromachi period in Japanese history (1338 to 1573). The founder of Baieido, Kakuuemon Yamatoya, became a wholesaler of medicinal herbs in Sakai city during this time. It was a well known trading port, where demand for good quality incense was high. By 1657, Kakuuemon Yamatoya was specialising in selling incense ingredients and incense sticks and was able to call himself Jinkoya Sakubei. Jinkoya meant ‘aloeswood trader,’ and it was a name that only authorised medicinal wholesalers, who specialised in incense, in Sakai were able to call themselves.

Later the name of the business changed to Nakata Baieido, still making incense with methods that had been handed down for generations. Baieido is now recognised as one of the highest quality incense manufacturers in the world today blending the finest aromatic woods and resins to produce a natural, mild, low-smoke incense stick of superb quality and aroma. Since Jinkoya’s incense work, the time-honoured traditions and incense formulas have passed on down through the centuries and the company continues to make incense to the oldest recipes. Baieido take pride in using both traditional incense stick making processes alongside more modern manufacturing techniques and new technology. 

About 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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To find out more read:
The History of Japanese Incense


Staff Review by Brett Almond

A wonderful, rich, mature, fresh and exhilarating high quality sandalwood incense. There is not the harshness that can accompany some sandalwood incenses. Smelling it reminds me of Buddhist monks meditating in temples. It reminds me of the earth yet it is spiritual in its essence. The other ingredients and spices used in this secret blend added to the incense take little away from the sandalwood and are designed to accentuate it further. With Baiedo being founded in 1657 this leaves a long time for recipes to be developed and attain a kind of perfection. I am a fan of all the Baieido incense and this one I feel could become a staple product for many.

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  • 5
    Woody and slightly intoxicating

    Posted by Daz, Birmingham on 25th Jul 2013

    This is a outstanding Sandalwood fragrance that is both subtle and well blended. It begins with a woody smell as you would expect and then gets slightly creamy in a intoxicating way. It actually gets better as time goes by by amping up the buttery woody aroma. I cannot help but keep taking deep breaths in through my nose to get more of that heavenly Mysore aroma.