NATURAL ASH FOR INCENSE BURNER 95 gr.

NATURAL ASH FOR INCENSE BURNER 95 gr.
NATURAL ASH FOR INCENSE BURNER 95 gr.
NATURAL ASH FOR INCENSE BURNER 95 gr.

NATURAL ASH FOR INCENSE BURNER 95 gr.

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An insulator between burning charcoal and incense burner. 

This ash is naturally made and as such the color of the ash may differ from package to package. When placing the ash in the incense burner, please do so slowly so the ash can incorporate air allowing for the incense to burn in the ash. Please make sure you place the incense straight up. If you are going to use the incense by placing it on its side, please make sure it doesn’t get buried within the ash.

It is important to change out the natural ash on a routine basis.

How to know when you need to change:
• The incense is not burning as well
• The incense does not completely burn until the end


When changing it out:
• Please place the incense burner in a plastic bag and remove the ash in the bag
• Please make sure there is no source of flame left in the ashes
• Use caution as the ash is easy to scatter

This box is perfect for replacing the ash in a 3.5-inch incense burner (diameter of ~10cm).

CAUTION:

  • Please use this ash only for ceramic or metal incense burners.
  • Make sure that any previous burning incense has completely burned out before lighting a new stick. The incense may still be burning inside of the ash.
  • This ash is for incense burners. Do not use it for other purposes.
  • Ash is not an edible product.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • When opening the package, the ash may scatter as it is light in nature. Please make sure you don’t breathe in the ash.
  • Please use caution when pouring the ash into the incense burner so it doesn’t spill.
  • After use, please make sure the flame is completely out as there may be remnant flames within the ash.
  • Please avoid storing and using this product in areas of high temperature or high moisture.
  • If used for a long period of time, the incense may not burn as well. Please make sure to change out the ash on a routine basis.
  • If the ash becomes clumpy or if the incense does not burn to the end, please change the ash.
  • As this is a natural product, the color of the ash between packages may differ but that does not compromise the product quality.



Content:

90 grams

W x H x D (inch)

6 7/16 X 2 9/16 X 1 1/8

W x H x D (mm)

163 X 74 X 30

Incense Ceremony

In the Sengoku (Warring States) period of Japanese history, Koh-Do (incense ceremony) spread among aristocrats and high-ranking samurai, sharing popularity with the tea ceremony.

As its formalities came to be developed and shaped, Koh-Do started to be acknowledged as one of the "geido", refined arts that are supposed to be performed following certain rules and manners. In this respect, Japanese incense or koh is somewhat different from perfume in western countries. There, people expect nothing more than fragrance from perfume, but this is not the case with koh. No longer an innocent pastime, Koh-Do prevailed beyond the samurai and court class.

As intellectual people such as writers, artists, affluent merchants and landowners started to adopt its formalities, incense exerted a great influence on calligraphy, literature and tea ceremony, occupying a precious position as an intangible and spiritual asset of the time.

Koh-Do is said to have been established as a kind of game by the end of the sixteenth century.

Later, Koh-Do branched off into several schools, of which two leading schools survived: the Oie-ryu School and the Shino-ryu School. The former, established by Sanetaka Sanjonishi, shaped the manners and methods of Koh-Do performance, putting more emphasis on literal aspects of incense.

Shino-ryu, the latter, is more systematically organized, putting considerable emphasis on manners and formality. Oie-ryu perpetuates incense as a form of game-playing passed down from court nobles in the Heian period. Shino-ryu, on the other hand, spread through the samurai and affluent merchant classes.

Having survived the long passage of time, these two now exist as the leading schools of Koh-Do today.

In the incense ceremony, participants enjoy the fragrances of kohboku or fragrant wood.

Fragrant woods include cedar, cypress, etc. In the world of the incense ceremony, fragrant wood refers to kyara, agarwood (jinkoh) and sandalwood (byakudan).

Kohboku Incense Types for Incense Ceremony

The system of classifying kohboku, which constitutes the basics of appreciating incense, is called Rikkoku-Gomi. This refers to the six ancient East Asian countries where kohboku woods originate, and the five elements used to describe their flavors. The names of countries (Kyara, Rakoku, Manaka, Manaban, Sumotara, Sasora) all represent a qualitative classification of kohboku wood, and five terms (hot, sweet, sour, bitter, salty) are used to describe the different essences.

A piece of kohboku wood can generate more than one fragrance when burned. Kohboku pieces often have a mixture of multiple fragrances, generating an indescribable blend, depending on the proportion and strength of each essence contained in a piece of wood.

Kyara

Rakoku

Manaka

Manaban

Sumotara

Sasora

The incense ceremony (Koh-Do) consists of two aspects.

1. The aspect of improving mental well-being

Koh-do or the incense ceremony, Sa-do or the tea ceremony, Ka-do or flower arrangement... Why do Japanese people tend to dedicate themselves to such classical Japanese arts?

In a quiet room, a participant sniffs fragrances following certain rules of etiquette.

This is a chance to leave the bustle of everyday life behind, quieten the mind and practice introspection.

Improving the art is the same as improving the mentality.

2. The gaming aspect

Hosho = A sheet on which all answers of the participants are placed.

Example of how to get an incense ceremony going

Incense burners of A, B and C are passed around with the names of fragrant wood chips within them made known to the participants. Have the participants memorize the characteristic of each fragrance.

Then one fragrant wood chip is chosen from among the three fragrant wood chips and the incense burner with the chosen chip inside is passed around with its name hidden. Now guess what fragrance it is ? A, B or C.

A

B

C

How to prepare incense burners

1. Kindle a charcoal ball.

2. Put it into the ash

3. Cover it with the ash

4. Form the ash into a cone shape

5. Straighten the ash surface of the cone

6. Put a fragrant wood chip on the top plate

Etiquete of sniffing or listening to fragrance

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