Incense Edo-nisiki Iki
High quality incense
Edo Nishiki has an delicious aroma, a bittersweet fruity fragrance with hints of crisp cinnamon and subtle vanilla undertones.
Toward the end of the Tokugawa era, the citizens of Edo cultivated art and culture. It was a time of flourishing prosperity and one of the expressions of this era was fabric prints, Edo Komon. In samurai society clothes were very simple but people wanted to look unique and different and sought to express themselves through prints, colors and drawings on their fabrics. These decorative motifs extended to the kabuki theater, nishiki woodcarvings and many other aspects of everyday life, evoking images of a dazzlingly beautiful world and even today those designed created long ago seem modern and are still a source of passion and inspiration. We hope you enjoy this exquisite incense.
The packaging of this incense is inspired by Edo prints and reflects a genuinely Japanese aesthetic sensibility. This type of pattern Sahme Komon is made up of verlapping sectors, each sector containing tiny dots lined up diagonally. Its motif is shark skin which is known for being tough like an armor. Any item with this pattern is being used as means for amulet or talisman.
Many of those pleasing and enduring high-quality incense fragrances, which the company continues to produce to this day, are based on the original formulas created by Koju and later by Yujiro Kito, who was hailed as the genius of fragrance during the Meiji restoration period in the 19th century - around the time that Japan opened its doors to the world and began to modernize itself.
Brought to Japan in the eighth century by Buddhist monks, who used the mystical aromas in their religious ceremonies, "Koh," as incense is called in Japanese, passed into the realm of the aristocracy centuries later as a source of amusement and enlightenment as they "listened to the fragrance" in their parlor games.
It wasn't until the 14th century in the Japan's Muromachi Era that incense reached the height of its popularity with the upper and middle classes of Japanese society, who used it as a mark of distinction and sophistication and to dispel unpleasant odors. It was around this time that samurai warriors began perfuming ; helmets and armor with incense before going into battle as they prepared to meet their fate.
Now, incense promises to become even more acceptable and desirable as a new dimension in gracious living that opens up a whole new world of spiritual awareness and understanding.