Honor the old one, it will produce a new one spirit
There are traditions such as Sado (the Way of Tea), Kado (the Way of Flowers), Kodo (the Way of Incense) Kendo, Judo, and Aikido in Japan from time immemorial that end with the word "dou" or "way/path." This "dou" or "way" is a word of a highly spiritual nature that is the way to mastery. Established in the Kamakura Period (1185-1333 CE) Kodo prescribed the manners and style which have enhanced the art of fragrance up until modern times.
The fragrant wood of Agarwood used in Kodo is classified according to where it was cultivated and its flavour known as "rokkoku gomi" or "six-countries five-tastes."
Among the six countries [Kyara (thought to be Vietnam), Sasora (western India), Rakoku (Thailand), Sumotara (Sumatra), Manaban (Malabar, southern India), Manaka (Malacca - between Indonesia and Malaysia)] and the five tastes (sweet, pungent,sour, bitter,and salty), Kyara is the wood of the highest quality. Kyara wood 350euro/g
Since its beginning, Kodo is not described as "smelling" the fragrance, but rather "listening" to it.This means that through the fragrance one is able to" listen to one's heart" and "listen to oneself."
－Tsuzure Ori(Nail Weaving)－
Among the weaving techniques in Japan tsuzure ori is the most traditional. The craftspeople of tsuzure Ori file serrated edges onto the nails of their middle and ring fingers to complete their work piece by piece with just the edge of their nails. The cloth made by this weaving method is considered to be of the highest artwork Some cloth is so intricate that one is unable to weave more than a few centimeters a day and a roll of cloth can take several months to complete.
－(Wagiribako)Japanese Paulownia(Kiri)Wood Box－
Kiri is the lightest wood in Japan. As moisture does not pass through it easily, it is used to store kimonos and clothes. Since the thermal conductivity is very low, even if there is a fire, its contents will not burn. Because of this, kiri is used as the material for storing valuable objects and musical instruments.
a once in a lifetime experience
Scents created from plants are said to be the essence and life of the plant. Since fragrances are the gaseous parts of plants, they are highly active and cannot be seen by the eye. As each has a different scent, some evaporate quickly and others are able to maintain their scent over a long time.
－Scent Is Information－
Plants use these properties to transmit the information in smells in order to exchange information with one another,to protect themselves from predators and to attract insects. The scent made by plants changes according to the year,the place of cultivation, and the weather; so the scent that you get at any time is a once in a lifetime experience.
－Ethnicity and Body Smell－
Among the world’s ethnicities, Japanese people are considered to have no body smell. It is said that this is due to frequent bathing and Japanese food. In comparison with other ethnicities, Europeans are said to have an acidic smell (sour), Africans, an ammonia smell, and the Inuit are said to smell like fish. This indicates that there is a close relation between people, their body smells and their respective lifestyles.
－The People of Nippon(Japan) and Scent－
Since the Japanese were an ethnicity with no original body smell, they did not develop a culture of using perfume with a strong smell. The fragrances that appear in the ancient Japanese tradition of Kodo (the way of scent) are kyara, rakoku, sasora,manaka others such as mananban, which are all delicate fragrances. Other Japanese herbs said to be medicinal are myoga, ginger, sansho, shiso, and yuzu, many of which also have delicate fragrances.
In the past, on occasions when Japanese women went out, they would burn incense underneath their kimonos the night before to enjoy the subtle fragrance that would adhere to their kimonos. In this way, rather than the expression of strong scents, the Japanese have felt a quiet simplicity in the scents of subtle fragrances.