Japanese incense: authenticity and tradition
Japanese incense, or "kōdō" in Japanese, is a traditional practice of burning incense to scent the air and create an atmosphere for meditation or relaxation. The practice dates back many centuries, and Japanese incense is made from natural raw materials such as woods, herbs and resins.
There are many types of Japanese incense, each with unique scents and meanings. Some incenses are used to purify the air and ward off bad energy, while others are used to promote meditation or to create an atmosphere conducive to relaxation. Japanese incense can also be used to celebrate important events or to mark special occasions.
The practice of burning Japanese incense is often associated with Zen culture and is considered an art form. There are special incense burning ceremonies, called "kōdō-kai" which are held to honour incense masters and to display rare and precious incense.