A series created by master artisans in Tokyo, inspired by the fragrant culture of old Edo (1600-1800). With many people bringing their own cultures to Edo, Oedo-Koh shares 6 different stories of the people during that time period.
With 6 high quality fragrances to choose from: Aloeswood, Peony, Cherry Blossoms, Chrysanthemum, Pine Tree, and Water Drop. Each box is specially packaged with paulownia wood with an incense holder, wrapped in a special Ukiyo-e painting, making this a perfect gift for any given situation.
Descriptions of each fragrance in the continue reading tab.
60 Incense Sticks Per Box With Incense Holder.
A scent used in incense-smelling ceremonies, which was practiced by court nobles, feudal lords, and wealthy people, Oedo-Koh’s Aloeswood delivers the deep fragrance of the Edo Period.
The charm of the peony is the key note of this incense, its scent and form calling to mind that of a geisha; the sweet, floral scent evoking the music and dances of the geisha quarter.
The lovely and fresh floral scent of fully bloomed cherry blossoms brings to mind the arrival of spring; experience the gentle scent of Japanese springtime in this incense.
With an elegant and earthy floral fragrance, the Chrysanthemum is a symbol of longevity, and the scent is embodied in this Oedo-Koh fragrance, sure to bring refreshment.
Long valued in Japan, the fresh, brisk, refreshing scent of pine is embodied in this incense, evoking the old towns and paths of the Edo Period, as well as expressing the pine’s association with luck and longevity.
With many lacking baths in their own houses, bathhouses were established in the Edo Period as a place of gathering, where differences were set aside--the scent of the bathhouse is embodied in this warm incense.
Since 1575, Nippon Kodo’s guiding principle has been to bring the culture of incense to the world. Nippon Kodo handmakes incense in the 400-year-old tradition of Jyuemon Takai (also known as Koju,) who crafted scents for the emperor of Japan--his scents were so popular even samurai would burn his incense in their helmets before battle. Nippon Kodo’s popularity continues today, being the biggest incense manufacturer in Japan, and used not only in ritual occasions, but in day to day life as well. To become a fully qualified incense crafter for Nippon Kodo takes a very long time: skilled craftsmen must sense very slight differences in daily weather and air conditions, as well as in the aromatic materials. An experienced craftsmen finishes each product with careful attention to all aspects of the production process: kneading, cutting, selection, and rolling.
Along with this, Nippon Kodo carefully selects the natural aromatic materials that go into their incenses, gathering high-quality materials from around the world, while also engaging in forestation and other forms of conservation in Southeast Asia to protect the environment from which their materials come from. While carrying on the wisdom and traditions of their forebears, Nippon Kodo crafts their products everyday with a want to enrich people’s lives and minds, while also promoting the traditional cultural activity of incense burning to convey Japan’s beautiful traditions.
• 3" W x 1" D x 4" H
• Cherry Blossom
• Pine Tree
• Water Drop
• Approx. 12 min.
• Tokyo, Japan