The Fragrance of Nipponkodo

  • CLOSELY GAURDED INCENSE-MAKING SKILLS
  • THE SKILLS OF INCENSE CRAFTSMAN
  • CAREFULLY SELECTED MATERIALS
  • PASSING ON INCENSE CULTURE
  • THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SAFETY

CLOSELY GAURDED INCENSE-MAKING SKILLS

CLOSELY GAURDED INCENSE-MAKING SKILLS

Nippon Kodo's products have unique fragrances. These fragrances come from tying together closely guarded preparation skills that are more than 400 years old with the sensitivities of modern perfumers. We inherited our skills through writings on the mixture of aromatic woods by Takai Juemon, an incense preparer who supplied the Emperor of Japan in the Tensho era (late 16th century). Perfumers with Japan's best noses and instincts interpret and evolve that tradition to create exquisite fragrances.

THE SKILLS OF INCENSE CRAFTSMAN

THE SKILLS OF INCENSE CRAFTSMAN

Becoming a fully qualified incense craftsman takes a very long time. Skilled craftsman must sense very slight differences in daily weather and air conditions and in natural aromatic materials. And they must have sensitive hands capable of making tiny adjustments to the amount of moisture used in kneading. Incense craftsman have acute senses and gentle hands.

Soft, freshly kneaded incense cannot be cut easily. Incense bends and shrinks during drying, and is delicate, brittle and easily broken when finished. An experienced craftsman carefully finishes each product with attention to all aspects of the production process : kneading, cutting, selection, and rolling.

CAREFULLY SELECTED MATERIALS

CAREFULLY SELECTED MATERIALS

Valuable natural aromatic materials come from the goodness of the Earth. Even today, when materials can be hard to obtain, our researchers take it upon themselves to find and gather high-quality materials from around the world through our long - cultivated network. We create our incense by using these materials generously and effectively. But more than simply using these materials, we also engage in forestation and other forms of conservation in Southeast Asia to protect the environments from which they come.

PASSING ON INCENSE CULTURE

PASSING ON INCENSE CULTURE

We believe that passing on an intangible cultural activity requires practicing it with a mindset oriented toward preservation for future generations. At Nippon Kodo, we strive to convey the quality of Japan's beautiful traditions with the feeling of pride and respect. We hold lessons on incense burning and engage in activities designed to communicate the significance of Japan's traditional customs. We are taking Japanese tradition to the future in forms that fit with the times.

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SAFETY

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SAFETY

Because we want people to use our incense with a sense of familiarity and peace of mind, we have established reproducible measurement methods for the world of incense making, which previously lacked safety standards. Using equipment that collects constituents in the air after incense are burned, we conduct regular safety tests with globally standardized measurement technology from Denmark.

日本香堂