9月 03

Kyoyaki, Kiyomizu ware incense burner depicting “Choju-giga (Wildlife caricature)”

blogimage0903_1This time, we will introduce a Kyoyaki, Kiyomizu ware incense burner depicting “Choju-giga (Wildlife caricature)”.
Enjoying your favorite scent in your favorite incense burner is also exceptional.

blogimage0903_2Choju-giga seem to have been made during the late Heian period and the Kamakura period.
They are caricatures of people’s lives and social conditions at that time and are divided into four stories.

blogimage0903_3This incense burner is fun just to watch!
On the front is a Frog and rabbit playing Sumo, and on the back is a monkey looking at the situation.

blogimage0903_4The inside of the incense burner is wide, so you can use any incense.
Please visit Kohgen Ueno Sakuragi store if you are interested!

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8月 28

New product incense specializing in zazen and meditation Baieido “ZENKOH”

kohgen_zenkohBaieido is a long-established manufacturer of Osaka Sakai that has been in business for over 350 years.
Recently, More and more people are taking meditation into their lives, not just formal Zazen.

Since ancient times, incense sticks have been used during Zazen as a measure of time.
So “ZENKOH”incense is recommended for those who want to increase their concentration during Zen training.
Of course, it can also be used as a hobby incense for those who like the aroma of agarwood.

There are many types of incense agarwood, this ZENKOH is a calm and discreet fragrance.
Smoke is modest, so you can feel the aroma of agarwood naturally when you are using it, and it will may be easier to relax.

“ZENKOH” also has a lavender scent.
Please use your favorite scent.

Baieido Incense Sticks, ZEN incense Agarwood, large box

Baieido Incense Sticks, ZEN incense lavender, large box

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8月 21

We held a handmade incense experience!

kohgenworld_blog_01The other day, we held a lecture on incense making experience as a curriculum for international students studying Japanese.

This time, we made incense sticks.
14 students participated and it was very lively from start to finish!

In the process of mixing agarwood and Incense Ingredients one by one, I heard voices at here and there tables saying “The aroma is getting stronger!”
The teachers also enjoyed the scent mixed with the students and enjoyed the experience.
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Finish mixing all ingredients and go to the molding process.
In addition to stick type, cone type and coil type, they made dumpling type, flower type, school initials and other unique shapes.
It was very interesting to go around the tables.
There was also a voice saying “ It’s a waste to use ” lol

Kohgen has an incense making experience at the store.
It is done at the following three stores.
For details, please contact us!

Kohgen Nagoya Store

Kohgen Tokyo Ginza Store

Kohgen Tokyo Uenosakuragi Store

8月 14

Let’s make your own original incense!

kohgen_hp_ueno_blog_20190223_image1Kohgen holds a handmade incense experience on the store.

You can choose your favorite incense from three types of “Fragrant Sachet” that has been handed down since the Nara period(about 1200 years ago), “Kneaded incense” that has been used by nobles in the Heian period(about 1000 years ago),“Incense stick” that are still popular today.

It is exceptional good that you can use your own handmade incense or wear it in your clothes.

Japanese Incense has a long history.
When you mix and make up while checking the scent of the incense ingredients,
It feels as if you were back in time in the Nara and Heian periods.

I also liked various “handmade experiences”, and I often went around the classroom with one person and friends.
(Ceramics, watches, shakuhachi, etc. were all fun!)

We look forward to your visit!
Here for details of each store’s handmade experience.
※It is a Japanese site.

Nagoya store

Tokyo Ginza store

Tokyo Uenosakuragi store

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8月 07

See the very rare and precious Agarwood

yanaka_incense_museum_page_image_09A museum is open in Kohgen Ueno Sakuragi store.

Kohgen have been collecting and accumulating rare Agarwood(fragrant wood) worldwide over the years.

In the museum, a part of the Agarwood(fragrant wood) is displayed.
Agarwood is the oldest incense ingredient in Japan.
In “Nihonshoki”, there is a description that agarwood drifted to Awaji Island in 1993.

Aristocrats and Samurai also enjoyed the noble scent and permeated it as part of the culture.
It is said that Ieyasu Tokugawa was also fascinated by the charm of agarwood and traded it.
Oda Nobunaga is also said to have liked very much.
How about you see it while feeling the history of Japan?

Access to Kohgen Ueno Sakuragi store
http://www.kohgenworld.com/shop_ueno.html

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7月 31

Open the museum at Kohgen Ueno Sakuragi store.

Open the museum at Kohgen Ueno Sakuragi store.

I was given a collection of valuable incense and tea utensils
from a restaurant that has been operating for over 200 years.

We hope that many people will see the rare,
historically high value collection and broaden the incense culture.

【incense pillows(kohmakura)/Genroku era】
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In the past, incense pillows(kohmakura) were used to put incense burners in pillows
to burn incense and to add scent to hair.

This was used in the Genroku era.

【Fragrant Woods cracker(kohwaridougu)/Genroku era】

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It is a tool to cut the fragrant wood into small pieces.

In addition to incense implements from the Edo period,
we also display tools and notes that you rarely see often, such as the ten incense boxes of the Shino style,
one of the kohdo(traditional incense-smelling ceremony), and handbooks.

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It is a rare opportunity, so please come and see us when you come to Japan.

Access to Kohgen Ueno Sakuragi store
http://www.kohgenworld.com/shop_ueno.html

 

7月 24

Incense scent of the Frankincense

Continuation from last time about Frankincense.
Last time I told that Frankincense is very historical and sacred.

For those who want to enjoy the scent of the Frankincense, there is an incense stick made mainly of Frankincense!
A long-established maker of incense, Tennendo is making it.
Blended with several incense ingredients based on Frankincense, the scent was renewed in 2009.
It is a recommended scent for those who want to use Frankincense for the first time.

The incense package is designed with an ancient Egyptian mural said to have been painted 4000 years ago.
The mural is painted with a king who dedicates Frankincense to God, and you can feel on the history from ancient Egypt.

frankincense001frankincense002In addition, the incense of this frankincense, there is a “Frankincense pure” to enjoy the pure scent of the Frankincense more natural!

This is characterized by a clear scent of frankincense.

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7月 17

Sacred incense ingredients that have recently been attracting attention~Frankincense~

IMG_3206-800x533Do you know Frankincense?

Frankincense that another name is Oribanamu, which is a resin of tropical evergreen shrubs of Burseraceae Boswellia.By the way, Oribanamu seems to represent “milk” in Arabic.

IMG_3204-1024x683The origin of frankincense means “true scent” in French.
【Frank (true) + Incense (scent) → Frankincense】

Why is it a true scent … This origin goes back to the ancient Egyptian civilization.

The origin of incense culture is said to be Egyptian civilization 5000 years ago.

In The Old Testament, there is a statement that three kinds of frankincense, golden and myrrh were given as celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.Of the three, it is said that frankincense means the priesthood.

So it has been revered by the people as sacred.It is said that the resin of frankincense was put on the charcoal, and the smoke was emitted.Have you ever seen scene of a priest holding a incense burner with smoke in the church?

The contents of that are burning frankincense.It is still inherited as a sacred scent at the church even today.

Frankincense is origin mainly Oman and Somalia in the Middle East.In particular, Omani’s frankincense is the highest grade and popular.

In Oman, there is a “land of frankincense” where the incense trees spread like a field.And it is registered as a World Heritage.

IMG_3210-1024x683The smell is a slightly sweet smell with a refreshing feeling.
I personally feel the refreshing feeling like watermelon and the smell that woody sweetness melted together.
Many customers are attracted to the mysterious warm smell.

It is a scent that Cleopatra and Queen Shiva loved.

Therefore, it is good to enjoy the scent while thinking about the history of ancient civilization.

We prepare high quality Omani’s frankincense(30g, 50g).

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7月 10

Do you know the incense body powder?

kohgen_ginza_recommend_01It is an incense body powder that mixed a sandal wood and several kinds of herbs.
This incense was born in India, to help people living in sweaty and hot lands get rid of body odor.
It is the beginning that I applied the perfume which I got from the scented wood on my body.

From there, it has been developed as a cleansing aspect of
“cleansing the mind and body” and “paying evil and keeping away from it”,
and it has been adopted in Buddhism.

In Japan, since long ago, incense body powder has been used when it is difficult to clean hands with water,
such as when entering a temple in the middle of a mountain where it is difficult to draw water,
or before making a handwritten copy of a sutra.

Now, it is easy for the general public, as well as the monks and worshipers,
It is popular as an incense that does not use fire.
It is recommended when visiting the temple for sightseeing.
How about using the deep scent of Japan to clean your mind and body?

Click here for products of Incense Body powder.

7月 03

Incense Reiryoko used in Japanese famous temple Eiheiji.

Reiryoko is an incense used in Eihei-ji temple a famous temple in Japan.

reiryokoh_image_02Eihei-ji temple is the main temple of 曹洞宗 Buddhist sect in Fukui Japan.

It is a temple that has been attracting attention both at home and abroad as introduced by the Michelin Guide.

Eihei-ji Temple is a training place for Zen meditation created by Dogen Zenshi(道元禅師).

When Dogen Zensh was 47 years old in 1244, he changed the name of the dojo to Eihei-ji and seemed to enthusiastically teach the Buddhist monks.

Even after nearly 800 years, there is still used as a training life for Buddhist monks.

This incense stick that is famous for being used in the Eihei-ji Temple is Kunmeido Reiryoko.

Although it is inexpensive incense, the formulation is really superb, and its pleasant fragrance spreads around nicely.

Young people who like this smell and use it repeatedly are also increasing.

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Kunmeido Japanese Incense Stick, Reiryoko, Economy Pack

number of sticks: approx. 500
incense weight: 175 g
length: approx. 13.5 cm
burning time: approx. 30 min
package size: approx. 11 cm × 15 cm× 3.8 cm

 

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