Koh-do, the art of incense, has been known for over 1000 years.

Elegant and refined, it is an important part of poetry and classical literature in Japan.

Incense burning is a source of inspiration.

It brings inner peace and spiritual freedom to the mind.


There are two major types of incense in Japan, which are either heating or shouldering small pieces of fragrant wood, or direct-burning incense in form of sticks or cones formed out of paste without a bamboo stick.

Kohgen is selling exactly those types of Japanese Incense.

 The lack of bamboo core is for a clean burning and a pure scent.


The process of making Japanese incense:

Blending the finest natural ingredients and binding them with the powder of Tabu-koh, the bark of Tabu-no-ki. Tabu-no-ki is Japanese huge bay tree (Machilus thunbergii), a member of the Laurel family. After such combination is mixed with water it is extruded just like spaghetti, and then allowed to dry in a form of solid sticks ofpure incense.

There are many reasons why people burns incense, such as to enjoy beautiful fragrance, to relax, or because of religious purposes.

There are two types of incense sticks, cored and solid.


Cored incense sticks usually have bamboo core (but it can be other wood) covered with incense material. They have strong fragrance of the incense mixed with the scent of burning wooden core.


Solid incense sticks are made from pure incense material. Their fragrance is more subtle since there is no underlying scent of burning wood.


There are two ways to burn incense sticks, using either incense holder or incense burner. While choosing incense stand, you should be aware which incense stick have you purchased. It is important not to use wooden holders with solid incense sticks since they burn all the way down and the incense burner might ignite!


Incense holders


There are different shapes of incense holders, such as incense boats, incense plates or even shaped stands. All of them you can find at our shop!

Incense boats are usually long pieces of wood, metal or ceramic, with a tiny hole for the incense at one end. Ash is falling into the groove, which runs through the center of the boat.

While you use incense plate, make sure it has a diameter of 10 cm or more, so the ash does not fall onto delicate or flammable surface.

If you decide to buy incense stand you will also need a plate (diameter of 10 cm or more) to put your holder on it, so that the falling ash does not accidentally start up fire. Place your holder in the middle of the plate and then set up the incense. Mind that the incense will not burn to the very end because of the lack of oxygen in the place where incense is touches the stand.



Incense burners


When you decide to use incense burner, make sure the dish is wide enough to catch any falling pieces of ash. You can fill incense burner with ash or any other inflammable material (like salt, rice, sand) and press it down slightly. Take the incense stick, light it up and place vertically in the ash. There is also another way of burning incense sticks with a use of burners. You can break stick, light it up and place it horizontally in the ash.

We recommend changing the ash approximately once in a year. Keep the ash in a dry place. Otherwise, the incense may not burnt till the end because of the humidity.