FOR THE LOVE OF INCENSE AND THE12 STAGES OF THE MAKING OF BAIEIDO INCENSE

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I love Japanese incense and in particular the incense that Baieido make.My first introduction to Baieido was with their Kobunboku short sticks. I bought it as it had great reviews and it didn’t cost to much which suited . When I burnt it ,it delivered more than I was expecting. I was captivated with it’s sweet spicy earthy scent.I never had experienced an incense like this . This first experience with Baieido incense has lead me to be a  great fan of their incense ranges.Divine Incense & Aromatics 007

The considered process of making Baieido incense means it delivers an incense that is both beautiful,elegant and manages to be both complex and subtle at the same time.

http://olfactoryrescueservice.wordpress.com/ is possibly one the best informative incense blogs there is. They say  about Baieidos’ Kobunboku range, ‘These are not incenses for stuffy noses and short attention spans, they reveal themselves more in introspective mode and as such are perfect fits for meditation, and are categorized both as incenses that are traditional and used for meditation.’

Baieido have a 12 stage process to making their incense ,which is:

1. An inspection of  natural perfume takes place, to ensure the quality
2. The aloes and sandalwoods are milled and crushed together into a powder form.
3. The ingredients are now all blended together and made to tradition recipes.
4. The mixed materials are put through a sieve to remove any impurities.
5. The materials are kneaded to form a clay-like substance, called tama.008
6. The tama is pressed to form stick shapes and are then laid on a tray and cut to a set length.
7. The incense sticks are dried out and any that aren’t straight are removed.
8. The sticks of incense are cut into different lengths.
9. The sticks are dried for several days in summer and ten days in winter.
10. The incense sticks are adjusted with a board, to help prevent them becoming bent.
11. Each individual incense stick is carefully inspected, then bound together with a fixed weight.
12. The sticks are checked again, before being packed up.

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Beautiful Buddhist Jizo Sculpture

Just had commissioned our beautiful Jizo statue which we were meant to sell but I think me and Mike love him so much we may have to keep him. I thought I would post up a picture of him, he is not quite ready yet but thought we would share. The sculptor  and sculptress who are making Jizo said they really enjoy making him although he has caused some interesting challenges. I think the joy of making him radiates from him and makes me smile just looking at him.

Jizo

 

 The much beloved Jizo Bodhisattva is a bodhisattva, an “enlightenment being,” is one who has decided to turn back from  nirvana to work in the world of human suffering. The name Jizo means “earth treasury” or “earth womb.” Jizo is the guardian of all things that emerge from the earth, and the protector of those on physical or spiritual journeys. Jizo became the especial guardian of women and children.