Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan
Number of sticks: 40 sticks with small incense stand.
Stick length: About 14 cms
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes
Baieido’s Imagine Series
Imagine bringing the old forward into the new. In Japanese it is called “Onko Chishin” and it is a very important concept in the artistic styling of Japan. It originates with Confucius and translates: “If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.”
This is the idea Baieido brings into their Imagine series of incense.
Sandalwood is perhaps the most relaxing scent of all time. Traded from ancient times, it was transplanted from Indonesia to India where the best Sandalwood still grows today. It is used in virtually every tradition of incense making and in the finest French perfumes. Baieido uses only the highest quality Indian Sandalwood in making this incense.
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.
To find out more read:
The History of Japanese Incense
Staff Review by Brett Almond
Here we have a good quality sandalwood incense from Baieido. Sandalwood is one of the renowned incense ingredients used for meditation. The Japanese incenses tend to have higher levels of natural sandalwood and generally speaking, the more expensive the incenses the greater quality of sandalwood. Words I would use to describe this incense are: robust, musky, woodsy with spice, earthy, cedar-like tones with vanilla-like sweetness. A really nice quality sandalwood incense.
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