Koh Senshu: A Cultural History of Japan as Seen Through Incense - by Masataka Hata
"Incense, which was brought to Japan with the introduction of Buddhism, was first used as an offering to the Buddha. Later, incense was used to perfume clothing and scent the interiors of buildings. It also came to be used as an accessory in the home to express hospitality and for personal grooming. Associated with Japanese poetry and classical tales, and the charm of the changing seasons, incense developed into an elegant art. Finally, it evolved into a "culture of fragrance," unique to Japan. It continues to infuse the culture of this land today." - Author Masataka Hata
In this painstakingly researched and gorgeously illustrated deluxe softcover edition, Shoyeido's distinguished President and Resident Director, Mr. Masataka Hata -- a world-renowned expert on fragrance and incense -- reveals the immense history and cultural significance of incense in Japan throughout its distinct historical epochs.
Printed on high-quality paper and richly informed by scores of detailed illustrations and beautiful, high-definition color photographs, Koh Senshu dramatically conveys the indelible imprint of incense through its historical origins and evolution, and its critical importance to Japan's identity at all levels of society, both then and now. Essential reading for incense aficionados and history enthusiasts.