Excellent Shu Koh Koku incense sticks contain high quality sandalwood and premium Vietnamese Aloeswood. They are also blended with traditional Chinese herbs and spices to create a supreme aroma. They also contain the highest concentration of premium Aloeswood in the entire Baieido range. This is a very rare quality incense!
About Aloeswood: In Japan, Aloeswood is seen as a sacred and important wood. It is one of the most distinguished ingredients used in Japanese incense. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333) the Japanese began using various raw woods such as Aloeswood in the making of incense. Some incense was used in a more recreational way while others were used in the most important of religious ceremonies. This led to a classification system for grading the qualities of Aloeswood. The very finest quality aloeswood is referred to as Kyara. Premium quality Aloeswood fetches very high prices and this is reflected in the cost of the highest quality incenses.
Aloeswood is also an important wood in the Middle East and in many places is burned daily to accompany prayer. It is also known as Agarwood, Eaglewood, Oud or Gaharu. Aloeswood is obtained from the evergreen Daphne Genus tree. When a fungus infects the tree a resin begins to form and when the tree dies the resin continues to harden and mature. The resin imbued wood is then harvested for incense and burning purposes.
In Japan it is considered a great honour to receive a gift of fine Aloeswood or Kyara.
Approximately 100 sticks.
Stick length: 13.5cm (approx)
Burn time per stick: About 30 minutes per stick
Manufacturer: Baieido, Japan