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Incense

"The history of fragrance dates back to the discovery of fire. Our ancestors kept a fire lit all day and throughout the night. Occasionally an aroma would be created when a piece of scented wood was thrown into the flame. Because of the scent and the pleasing sight of the smoke and the flame, it is no wonder that people felt the mystery and power of these aromas and sent up their wishes and prayers with them. Even now, scented wood is burned in places of prayer around the world. Moreover, fragrance is a presence where people seek to be stimulated as well as where a sense of calm is appreciated. Today, fragrance is an element of modern spiritual culture for a well-rounded life. In ancient India, aromas were used in a system of medicine called Ayurveda. Four thousand years later, those aromas were interpreted as fragrance oils as they migrated to the West and transformed into incense on the way to the East. West met East in Japan. They fused, resulting in new creations that continue to evolve. The world has found a common language in fragrance. This language is the base of the fragrance culture of Japan: where “Prayer” and “Healing” co-exist. It is here that we can listen to melodies of fragrance, which are played by a trio of traditional culture, refined sensibility, and state-of-the-art modern technology."

-Nippon Kodo

OEDO-KOH

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OEDO-KOH

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Floral incense "OEDO-KOH"

In Japan, there was a time called Edo, which lasted 260 years from the 1600s to the 1800s.

People of different classes, such as samurai, peasants, craftsmen, and tradesmen, created their own culture during this time.
In particular, people of Japan’s capital city at the time, Edo (today’s Tokyo), enjoyed the four seasons and the company of other people, giving life to a culture brimming with vitality.

This saw the emergence of words like iki.
Iki was used to describe things like a gentleman’s mindset such as when men amuse themselves, the allure of a mature lady, or simple attire that enshrouded glamour beneath. The spirit of iki is still revered amongst the intellectual fashionistas in Japan.

Iki represents an urban "dandyism" of the Edo era. That can be iki by doing a small thing to give attention to something that would usually not be noticed. For example, let's say that we displayed a single flower in a small vase when your guests come to your home. It is a small display, but it gives people coming into the room a sense of comfort and a feeling of season. That would be an example of an iki arrangement. Iki can also be expressed in the thoughtfulness of one person towards another.

This series was created by master incense artisans from modern Tokyo, using fragrance to represent a range of Edo-inspired scenes.
As you light the incense, an enticing wisp of smoke beckons you to Edo’s urbane world of iki. The aroma will send you back in time to Japan’s good old Edo period.

OEDO-KOH tells six different stories of people from this era.
The drifting scent may awaken memories that lie deep within you.

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Descriptions of Fragrances


Aloeswood: Savor the deep, rich fragrance of aloeswood, prized by the people of old Edo as the most luxurious of fragrances.

Incense-smelling ceremonies were the practice of court nobles, feudal lords and other wealthy people. Among commoners as well, while they may have lacked access to genuine fragrant woods, there was much fascination with them, and they are frequently featured in works of Kabuki and Joruri theater. The word kyara, meaning aloeswood, even became a general term for "something wonderful". Hair wax that evokes the scent of aloeswood was extremely popular as well. Experience the fragrance, and understand why it was the most highly prized of scents.
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Peony Tree: Love potion of the geisha quarter, enchantment of the floating world. The sweet scent of peony has untold charms.

The enchanting peony enjoyed enormous popularity in Edo. Its bewitching form is reminiscent of a beautiful geisha, and gazing
upon a peony you can almost hear the music and see the dances of the geisha quarter. This was an exclusive world for the
privileged few, and its is said that customers' time spent in tea houses was measured by sticks of incense.
The fragrance of the peony, "queen of the flowers" evokes this beautiful and evanescent world.

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Cherry Blossoms: Savor the joy of Spring time, when young and old alike feel the allure of the outdoors, with the sweet, gentle scent of cherry blossoms. 

The custom of cherry blossom viewing took hold during the Edo Period. The somei-yoshino cherry tree, seen in groves throughout Japan today, was originally an ornamental garden variety raised in the village of Somei near Edo. Cherry blossom viewings were also an opportunity for Edo denizens to meet one another, present themselves, and perform: matching fancy kimonos were worn for the occasion, and people sang and danced to celebrate the coming of Spring. The captivating scent of cherry blossoms heralds Spring's arrival.

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Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemums were loved by the people of Edo not only for their beauty, but also as a symbol of longevity. The fragrance is smooth, refreshing, and invigorating.

The gardeners of Komagome and Sugamo near Edo are said to have sparked the chrysanthemum craze of the Edo era. Fond of the fancy and spectacular, Edo
dwellers loved the beautiful and fragrant flowers, which were displayed or fashioned into various shapes. Chrysanthemums were believed since ancient times to prolong
life, and during the Edo Period the Chrysanthemum Festival became a yearly event where people chrysanthemum sake infused with medicinal blossoms. The smooth,
refreshing scent of chrysanthemum will delight you as it did the denizens of old Edo.

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Pine Tree: The brisk and refreshing aroma evokes reveries of old Edo, where pines lined the streets frequented by travelers, keeping watch and protecting them.

It is traditionally believed that the kami (deities) dwell in evergreen trees. The word matsu means both "pine" and "wait" (for the deity to descend), and the
pine is part of the felicitous trio of pine, bamboo, and plum tree, and the auspicious pairing of crane and pine. Pine decorations are displayed at New Year's and a monumental pine tree is painted on the backdrop of the Noh stage - all expressing the pine's association with luck and longevity. In ukiyo-e woodcuts, boldy rendered pines standing in the midst of Edo-era people bustling to and fro are a classic motif.

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Water Drop: The bustle of the bath house, where neighbors laugh and splash together. A warm and friendly fragrance for after bath time.

In the Edo Period (1603-1868 ) people did not have baths at home, therefore public bath houses were built to meet the need. At first they were steam baths, then large bathtubs were developed. As people were unclothed and co-mingled without regard for age, gender, or rank, the bath house was an egalitarian place. A popular item for these bath house-goers was a scented lotion made with distilled floral essences using a device called “ranbiki.” OEDO-KOH Water Drop is a fragrance that has such floral warmth like the moment you step out of bath. 

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- No bamboo core for a clean burning, pure scent 
- Box includes 60 sticks and a tin incense stand
- Petite, cute package; take 2 to 3 as a gift!
- For refreshment, relaxation, reading, listening to music, yoga, bathing

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Burn Time:Approx. 12 min.W x H x D (inch):2.63 x 4.01 x 0.78
W x H x D (mm):67 x 102 x 20

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