Kyo-zakura is another selection from Shoyeido’s Daily Incense line. Like Nokiba I would prefer it better if the fragrant materials were stronger and the base less so. However, Kyo-zakura is a bit more fragrance heavy than Nokiba.
The scent is delicate and light– as you would expect of a incense dedicated to the ephemeral cherry blossoms of the Old Capital. Shoyeido says they use rhubarb, clove, cinnamon among other things to create the fragrance, but Kyo-zakura does not have a spicy impression. Rather, it is more cool and softly sweet, like springtime. The rhubarb is supposed to give a tart feeling, but I don’t think I would have noticed it without it being mentioned in the add copy.
One thing I like a lot about Kyo-zakura is they way it shifts thru various phases. The fragrance comes in and out of the base, being sweet one moment, faintly spicy the next, then woody, then fresh and then disappearing completely!
I’m not quite sure how they manage to get the sweetness in this stick because oddly, it recalls aloeswood for me. Very beautiful and an interesting trick, but ultimately because the incense overall is not strong enough for me, frustrating.
Shoyeido’s Daily Incense line is widely available. Prices for Kyo-zakura start at $4.95 for a 35 stick bundle.