Kaden Kobunboku Incense - Medium Box (115 Short Sticks)

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Incense weight: 40 grams
Number of sticks: Approximately 115 short sticks. This may vary slightly though as the quantity of incense is based upon weight, not the number of sticks
Stick length: Approx 13.5 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan

They say: Excellent ('Tokusen' in Japanese) Kobunboku is a mellow blend of sandalwood, Indonesian aloeswood, and Chinese herbs.

(Kaden means Family secret. This 'Old Family Secret' is the same formula as Kobunboku, but with special Vietnam aloeswood.)

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. 

More About Aloeswood
In Japan aloeswood is seen as a sacred and important wood. It is one of the most distinguished ingredients of some Japanese incense. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333) the Japanese began using various raw woods such as aloeswood in the making of incense. Some incense was used in a more recreational way while others were used in the most important of religious ceremonies. This led to a classification system for grading the qualities of aloeswood. The very finest quality aloeswood is referred to as Kyara. Good quality aloeswood fetches very high prices and this is reflected in the prices of the highest quality aloeswood incenses. 

Aloeswood is also an important wood in the Middle East and in many places is burned daily to accompany prayer. It is also known as agarwood, eaglewood, oud or gaharu. 

The wood itself has no significant aroma. Aloeswood is obtained from the evergreen daphne genus tree. When a fungus infects the tree a resin begins to form. When the trees dies this resin continues to harden and mature. This resin imbued wood is then collected for incense and burning purposes. 

In Japan it is considered a great honour to receive a gift of fine aloeswood or Kyara.

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

So with this incense we are taking things on with the Kobunboku range from the Excellent Kobunboku and adding a more premium aloeswood from Vietnam and also adding a higher quantity of aloeswood. I think with this incense we are starting to enter the realm of the connoisseur as the difference between the Excellent (added aloeswood) and the Kaden (special Vietnam aloeswood) is not as marked as between the Original Kobunboku (sandalwood and herbs) and the Excellent Kobunboku (added aloeswood).

The difference is something someone who practices deep meditation or really knows the subtleties of Japanese incense would appreciate more than someone who is new to the subject. Personally I could notice a difference. This one was a little more powerful caused by the greater quantity of aloeswood. It has a floating, vibrant, sweet burnt spiritual feel. If however you are just looking for an incense to burn around the house you may find the Original sandalwood Kobunboku the best.

I don't know whether it was just me at the time or whether it was the incense but while burning it did help me connect to that peaceful and spiritual place within me. This was also helped by the CD 'Reiki Whale Song' by Kamal which I was playing at the same time, but in all I would say this incense is just so conducive to spiritual activities. It doesn't intrude but also you cannot miss its subtle presence.

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  • 5
    Delights me every time I light it

    Posted by Nick on 1st Jan 2015

    I've been using this incense for daily meditation now for over 2 years, and it continues to delight me every time I light it. It's a fairly subtle incense, but full of character. Absolutely no sickly sweetness or pungency about it, it seems somehow to infiltrate the whole room without being "in your face". The aloeswood comes through beautifully, and the overall atmosphere it gives - at least for me- is of serenity. The sticks burn for a good 30 minutes - longer in a draft-free room. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is worth every penny.