Nippon Kodo's incense legacy spans over 400 years, starting with Juemon Takai (Koju), the revered artisan who provided rare aromas to the Emperor of Japan. The company continues to create high-quality fragrances using Koju's original formulas and those of Yujiro Kito from the Meiji restoration period.
Introduced by Buddhist monks in the 8th century, "Koh" (incense) entered aristocratic circles as a source of amusement and enlightenment. In the 14th century, during Japan's Muromachi Era, it gained popularity with the upper and middle classes, symbolizing sophistication and dispelling odors. Samurai even perfumed their helmets before battle.
Today, incense adds a new dimension to gracious living, offering spiritual awareness and understanding.