What makes Japanese incense unique?

Japanese incense is widely regarded as the most refined incense there is. This is mainly because of the use of high quality and precious natural materials such as aloeswood, sandalwood, spices, herbs, barks and resins.

Japanese incense sticks are thin and do not have a bamboo core, which means less smoke.

As opposed to many other types of incense, our Japanese incense does not contain synthetics.

Japanese incense is suitable to relax, to simply enjoy fragrance, to create a certain atmosphere or to support meditation. ”Listening” to incense can be a form of meditation too.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood is one of the main ingredients in Japanese incense. Sandalwood comes from a hemiparasitic tree of the genus Santalum. Indian sandalwood, especially from the Mysore region, is regarded as the best, and has a balsamic, rich and fresh scent.

Aloeswood and kyara

Aloeswood is one of the main ingredients of Japanese incense. Aquilaria trees frequently become infected with a certain type of fungus. As a defense, they start to produce an aromatic resin in the heartwood. This wood is called aloeswood, agarwood or oud. The aloeswood resin is heavier than water, so in the end the wood will sink in water, hence the Japanese term Jinko (sinking wood). In general, the older the infection, the better the scent. The highest grade of aloeswood is called kyara, which is several times more expensive than gold. The scent of aloeswood is complex and hard to describe, but it can vary from sweet, sour, bitter, salty to spicy. When you experience high quality aloeswood for the first time, it will probably make a deep impression.