Monthly Archive: November 2015

Nov 30

Owls

Owls in Japan are a very popular symbol. They are ubiquitous – you can see them in front yards of houses, next to doorbells, on bags, foods and souvenirs. There is even an owl café where you can pet and take a picture with a real owl! But why are owls so popular in Japan? …

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Nov 30

Birthstones

Each month of the year is associated with one or more birthstones. Since ancient times birthstones have been believed to possess healing powers and therapeutic influence. According to 1st century historian Josephus, birthstones are related with the twelve stones in Aaron’s breastplate, twelve months and twelve signs of zodiac. George Frederick Kunz, an American mineralogist, claimed …

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Nov 30

Awaji Island

Do you know Awaji Island? It is also known as a “Flower Island”, since you can enjoy so many different types of flowers there. Most of the traditional incense sticks “senkō” 【線香】are made on Awaji Island. Those incenses are known worldwide and valued for high quality of traditional production techniques. Currently Awaji Island is the leading …

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Nov 30

Yummy fragrance

Did you know that incense has various aromas, including not only flowers, but also fragrances that smell exactly like mouth-watering food or drink? Our store has many modern varieties of traditional Japanese incense. We are certain you will find your favorite one as well! Our recommended “yummy fragrance” series (Nippon Kodo Cafe Time Incense) you …

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Nov 30

Autumn in Japan!

Summer is gone and we already have autumn in Japan. This season is characterized by beautiful colors of leaves. In Japan, the flow of one season to the next is very subtle, which is why the premonition of the coming season is a very important theme in literature and paintings. Japanese maple “momiji” is a symbol …

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Nov 10

About Kohgen

Our company was established in 1937 in Nagoya (Japan). We have many years of experience in selling traditional Japanese incenses (incense sticks, incense cones, coils, incense gift sets), hand made and aromatic Japanese candles, scent bags, Japanese bath essence, traditional Japanese prayer beads (juzu), Kodo (“Way of Incense”) utensils and so on. Our products are made of the best quality ingredients. We cooperate with all top Japanese incense …

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