In Japan, Aloeswood is believed to be a sacred and important. It is one of the most distinguished ingredients of Japanese incense.
During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Japanese began to use various fragrant woods such to prepare incense. It was used in a recreational way while others were used in the most important of religious ceremonies. This led to a classification system for grading the qualities of aloeswood. The very finest quality aloeswood is referred to as Kyara. Good quality aloeswood fetches very high prices and this is reflected in the prices of the highest quality aloeswood incenses.
Aloeswood is also an important wood in the Middle East and in many places is burned daily to accompany prayer. It is also known as agarwood, eaglewood, oud or gaharu. The wood itself has no significant aroma. Aloeswood is obtained from the evergreen Daphne genus tree. When a fungus infects the tree a resin begins to form. When the trees die this resin continues to harden and mature. This resin imbued wood is then collected for incense and burning purposes.
In Japan it is considered a great honor to receive a gift of fine aloeswood or Kyara. At our store you can find plenty incense sticks, cones and coils made from Kyara Aloeswood, make a wonderful present for your loved ones or… for yourself! Please, have a look at our website, click here!