Kensington Market at the age of thirteen. I used to pick up several boxes at a time and still do. I enjoy having it in any room of the house and especially love having it burning right beside me while I am working on a creative project. Although this particular blend of incense is Indian, I use it for Feng Shui purposes when I am working on changing the flow and energy in specific areas. Incense sticks are made by adhering a blended paste of different scents onto bamboo sticks. Incense has been used for religious purposes and on alters since before recorded history. I find it calming and that it helps maintain harmony and balance around the home.
Kōdō, The ‘Way of Incense’, is the Japanese art of appreciating incense and follows these Ten Virtues of kō which are said to have been written by an anonymous monk in the 16th century. The website where I got the image below from is very interesting and has a great explanation of the history, method, raw materials employed and the use of incense in ceremonies. I strongly recommend perusing it if you are interested in learning more about the culture of Japanese incense.