Category Archives: Japan

Baieido Kokonoe (regular)

Kokonoe from Baieido is comes in both a regular and a smokeless version. Tonight I am burning the regular Kokonoe and I can’t say I’m enjoying it. I’ve never been fond of the smell of daffodils or narcissus which are … Continue reading

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Baieido Rose Sawayaka

I was interested to hear that Rose Sawayaka from Baieido actually uses rose attar, something I would have expected to be at odds with the Japanese concept of rose given how intense and dark it is*. Unsurprisingly ,the amount used … Continue reading

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Baieido Lavender Sawayaka

Baieido says that their Lavender Sawayaka contains French lavender oil but mysteriously it has no presence in the incense. Like Baikundo Lavender, it smells pleasant but I’m left wondering why they decided to name it lavender. Instead of the refreshing, … Continue reading

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Awaji Island Forest by Shorindo

At last I can smell again! I thought I would get back into the swing of things with a soft incense: Forest made by Shorindo for Awaji Island. The first thing that stuck me about Forest was the absolute lack … Continue reading

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Shoyeido Kyo-zakura (Kyoto Cherry Blossom)

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 … Continue reading

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Shoyeido Nokiba (Moss Garden)

Shoyeido’s Nokiba or “Moss Garden” is part of their Daily Incense line, a series of lower priced but still traditional Japanese incenses. I can’t say I’m a big fan of Nokiba… it’s mostly burning wood to me and short on … Continue reading

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Awaji Island Green Tea by Kikujudo

Like a number of manufacturers, Kikujudo makes an incense for the Awaji Island brand. As far as I can tell it’s exclusive for Awaji Island Koh-shi and not the same thing as Kikujudo Wacha (a green tea incense) but I’m … Continue reading

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Baieido Bikou Smokeless

To be frank, I am not entirely sold on smokeless and less smoke incenses. While I really like Baikundo Lavender for its fantastic air freshening abilities, I find most of them to be simply too weak. Sadly, that seems to … Continue reading

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Baikundo Lavender (less smoke)

Baikundo does a range of less smoke incenses that contain a special type of charcoal designed to cleanse the air. Apparently this line is really popular with restaurants in Japan. Since I’m one of those people who hates the smell … Continue reading

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Shunkodo Shun Koh Sen

Shun Koh Sen, according to the ad copy, is a blend of Indian sandalwood and Chinese medicinal herbs. Given the state of Indian sandalwood availability I was worried that it might be lacking. Was I ever wrong! Shun Koh Sen … Continue reading

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Baieido Byakudan Koubunboku

Baieido’s Byakudan Kobunboku is a highly recommended sandalwood incense but to tell the truth, I smell very little sandalwood in it at all. As IndianĀ  sandalwood has been becoming increasingly scarce manufacturers have had to cut back or raise prices. … Continue reading

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