Aloeswood Incense


Crafted from premium Vietnamese aloeswood, these traditional Japanese incense sticks have a distinctive sweet fragrance with a fresh and watery note. Made by the historic incense house Yamada-Matsu, these super fine Siam Jinko sticks produce less smoke to allow the pure aloeswood scent to take hold.
Contents 30 x aloeswood incense sticks
Brand Yamada-Matsu
Origin Kyoto, Japan
Stick length 10cm
Burning time 25 minutes
Weight 54g
Packaging Paulownia wood case

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Yamada-Matsu 山田松

A family business with a distinguished 200 year history, Yamada-Matsu began as a pharmacy in the Edo period (1603-1868) initially supplying raw incense materials to local Buddhist temples before developing their own original recipes – which are still used to manufacture their highly acclaimed natural incenses today. Their traditional incenses are made of some of the finest varieties of agarwood and sandalwood, as well as medicinal herbs and extracts. Located in Kyoto, the birthplace of Japanese incense culture, Yamada-Matsu strives to carry on this tradition that dates back to the Heian period (794-1185) and disseminate it to the wider world.

Jinkō 沈香

Also known as oud, agar- or aloes-wood, Jinkō is more valuable by weight than gold, its rich, captivating fragrance treasured by many cultures and religions throughout history. This dark, mystical, aromatic resin forms in the heartwood of aquilaria trees native to southeast Asia, which are pale, light and odourless – until they become damaged and infected by a certain fungus. The resinous wood has a high density and sinks in water, hence jinkō is written in kanji as “sinking incense”. According to folklore, agarwood first appeared in Japan when it drifted ashore onto Awaji island in the 6th century, where the locals picked up on its heady scent when burned. Kyara, found in the highlands of Vietnam, is the most prized type of jinkō – so precious in fact that among Japan’s National Treasures is a priceless piece of kyara named Ranjatai, which is over a thousand years old.

Senkō 線香

While incense burning has been practiced in Japan since the 6th century with the arrival of Buddhism from China, it wasn’t until the 16th century that incense sticks or senkō became more widespread, and today are the most typical style of incense in Japan. Across Asia, stick incense was often used to measure time, particularly during meditation, and continues to feature in religious rituals besides clearing the air before tea ceremonies. Senkō sticks are made of dried, powdered incense wood and other fragrant extracts mixed with a binding agent called makkō: a clay-like paste made from tree bark. Since Japanese incense sticks do not have a bamboo core they burn more gently and release a delicate scent with very little smoke, making them ideal for perfuming the home.


How to use

Light the tip of the incense then blow out the flame so that it produces a gentle wisp of smoke. It is best to pair Japanese incense sticks with an incense holder and plate or an incense burner, such as a kōro half-filled with white ash, to catch the burned incense and protect underlying surfaces. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

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