Celebrate the Year of the Ox with this Limited Edition 2021 Zodiac Incense, a wish of good fortune and hospitality.
In Japan, the zodiac has long been a symbol of luck and protection against misfortune. When making a gift of the zodiac incense, you wish good health, prosperity and well-being for the coming year. The year 2021 is the year of the Ox, and the second year of the Reiwa Era.
Inspired by Japanese Traditions, the Year of the Ox Incense captures a delicate fragrance of aloeswood fragrance, and burns with a low smoke.
The box design includes various symbols that depict good luck in Japanese culture, such as: the zodiac, the Mount Fuji, the first sunrise, a crane, Sho Shiku Bai (pine, bamboo and plum tree) and Chidori (the birds of victory and abundance).
Number of Sticks: 12, plus a porcelain ceramic incense holder (8 x 8 cm)
Burn Time: Approximately 13 minutes per stick
Made In: Japan, workshop of Hizen Yoshida in Ureshino, Saga prefecture. Produced following Arita Yaki ceramic techniques which are more than 400 years old.
The Symbol of the Ox
In Eastern Cultures, the Ox symbol is associated with tenacity, and honesty. In the Zodiac, the Ox is known to be the slowest animal. During the year of the Ox, we go forward slowly but firmly. It’s time to lay the foundations of the path that leads us to our goals. A steady effort every day will allow us to be successful for sure!
More About the Zodiac
In Japan, the symbol of the Zodiac has been carried as a lucky charm through centuries - wearing the sign of the Zodiac of the set birth year is said to bring good health, and protection from bad luck. Many will decorate their homes with the symbol, to bring perfect health, and prosperity. It is also common to give gifts to others that carry the Zodiac symbol, as a way of offering good luck and wellbeing.
More About Nippon Kodo 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. 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’. 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.
More About Japanese Incense
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
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