Buddhism was first introduced
to Japan in 538 C.E as part of a diplomatic mission from
Korea. From across the ocean came statues of
Buddhas, scriptures and the art of incense
making. The use and preparation of incense continues to play an important role in daily ritual practice and it is also offered at Shinto shrines. Believed to cleanse the surroundings, it is reputed to be a method for bringing forth the pure realm known as Alamkaraka or Realm of Adornment. It's use spread throughout the country for its purifying and medicinal properties.
Baieido Incense dates back to the Muromachi period. It was
during this era that the founder of Baieido, Kakuuemon Yamatoya, became a wholesaler of medicinal herbs in Sakai city. Sakai was a well-known trading port in ancient Japan in which incense ingredients were in high demand. In 1657, the founder named himself "Jinkoya Sakubei" and specialized in selling substances for incense preparation and incense sticks. "Jinkoya" (Aloes wood trader) was a name unique to Sakai, where only medicinal wholesalers who specialized in incense were authorized to use this name.
The creation of Japanese incense is an extraordinarily delicate process. In the time-honored traditions of Jinkoya Sakubei, Baieido has dedicated itself to making incense for over 350 years. The method and recipes have been handed down from generation to generation in an unbroken secret oral tradition. Baieido continue to protect the secret formulas of their ancestral forefather Jinkoya Sakube. It is the ardent desire of Baieido to provide sacred aromas of only the higest quality, through the skilled methods they have treasured for more than three centuries.
Our complete range of Japanese incense can be viewed here