OEDO-KOH Boxed Incense
Box includes 60 sticks and a tin incense stand
- Petite, cute package; take 2 to 3 as a gift!
- For refreshment, relaxation, reading, listening to music, yoga, bathing
Aloeswood: Savor the deep, rich fragrance of aloeswood, prized by the people of old Edo as the most luxurious of fragrances.
Incense-smelling ceremonies were the practice of court nobles, feudal lords and other wealthy people. Among commoners as
well, while they may have lacked access to genuine fragrant woods, there was much fascination with them, and they are frequently featured in works of Kabuki and Joruri theater. The word kyara, meaning aloeswood, even became a general term for "something wonderful". Hair wax that evokes the scent of aloeswood was extremely popular as well. Experience the fragrance, and understand why it was the most highly prized of scents.
Peony Tree: Love potion of the geisha quarter, enchantment of the floating world. The sweet scent of peony has untold charms.
The enchanting peony enjoyed enormous popularity in Edo. Its bewitching form is reminiscent of a beautiful geisha, and gazing
upon a peony you can almost hear the music and see the dances of the geisha quarter. This was an exclusive world for the
privileged few, and its is said that customers' time spent in tea houses was measured by sticks of incense.
The fragrance of the peony, "queen of the flowers" evokes this beautiful and evanescent world.
Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemums were loved by the people of Edo not only for their beauty, but also as a symbol of longevity. The fragrance is smooth, refreshing, and invigorating.
The gardeners of Komagome and Sugamo near Edo are said to have sparked the chrysanthemum craze of the Edo era. Fond of the fancy and spectacular, Edo
dwellers loved the beautiful and fragrant flowers, which were displayed or fashioned into various shapes. Chrysanthemums were believed since ancient times to prolong
life, and during the Edo Period the Chrysanthemum Festival became a yearly event where people chrysanthemum sake infused with medicinal blossoms. The smooth,
refreshing scent of chrysanthemum will delight you as it did the denizens of old Edo.
Pine Tree: The brisk and refreshing aroma evokes reveries of old Edo, where pines lined the streets frequented by travelers, keeping watch and protecting them.
It is traditionally believed that the kami (deities) dwell in evergreen trees. The word matsu means both "pine" and "wait" (for the deity to descend), and the
pine is part of the felicitous trio of pine, bamboo, and plum tree, and the auspicious pairing of crane and pine. Pine decorations are displayed at New Year's and a monumental pine tree is painted on the backdrop of the Noh stage - all expressing the pine's association with luck and longevity. In ukiyo-e woodcuts, boldy rendered pines standing in the midst of Edo-era people bustling to and fro are a classic motif.
Water Drop: The bustle of the bath house, where neighbors laugh and splash together. A warm and friendly fragrance for after bath time.
In the Edo Period (1603-1868 ) people did not have baths at home, therefore public bath houses were built to meet the need. At first they were steam baths, then large bathtubs were developed. As people were unclothed and co-mingled without regard for age, gender, or rank, the bath house was an egalitarian place. A popular item for these bath house-goers was a scented lotion made with distilled floral essences using a device called “ranbiki.” OEDO-KOH Water Drop is a fragrance that has such floral warmth like the moment you step out of bath.