Kousaido has emerged as a premium incense maker in Kyoto Japan, a city famed for its rich history and peaceful temple gardens. Each of their incense sticks start with traditional sandalwood and a wide base of scents are then expertly blended to produce the final, definitive aroma. Each has a distinctive purpose - to relax, to inspire, to uplift.
When the Chinese brought the first incense to Japan in the 7th century, along with Buddhism, it was used for medicinal or ceremonial purposes. Today, incense is a staple in the modern home as a de-stressor and a tool to help us unwind.
Kousaido bases their scents on Japanese trees - so that you may experience the joy and peace of sitting in a Japanese forest. More than two-thirds of Japanese territory is forestland and the connection with the forest is strong. The Hinoki is from the white cypress, the Keyaki is the Japanese elm and the Kusonoki, which is known in the west as the camphor tree.