The six grades of Jinko (Aloeswood, Agarwood).

The Six grades of Jinko (Aloeswood, Agarwood)

In Japan Aloeswood is the most prized fragrant wood incense of all. The amazing quality of its incense is only just being discovered in the West.

In Japan, valuable kimonos were scented with smoke from burning Aloeswood. This is the traditional wood for the incense ceremony of Kodo, and in Japan it is purchased in six different qualities. The best wood, Kyara, is differentiated by colour and quality.

Aloeswood, along with santal and clove, is sacred to the Buddhist religion. The living and dead tree is attacked by a fungus, and over time, preferably centuries, nature provides an incense material worth more than its weight in gold.

Aloeswood is a psychoactive substance, and is used in oriental medicines for nervous disorders, colic and as a heart tonic.

The six grades of Jinko are as follows:-

Kyara (The Aristocrat)                                                                                     the-lady-maisumi-of-daimonji-ya-md
Connoisseurs regard this as top-grade material. It is divided according to quality, based on colour (green, black, purple and dark brown-grey).

Rakoku (The Samurai)the-actor-band-mitsugor-ii-md

Reminiscent of the warrior, the aroma of Rakoku is considered relatively pungent and bitter. This type originally hailed from Thailand.

Sasora (The Monk)

Of priestly demeanor, the aroma is considered delicate, cool and sour. Sasora may have originated from the western shores of India, around Goa.


Sumotara (The Servant disguised as a noble)


The aroma has the makings of Kyara, but with the lack of subtlety in-depth. It is an impersonator, hence the name. Described as a sour smell, Sumotara has a somewhat distasteful demeanor. Sumotara originally came from the island of Sumatra in the east Indian archipelago.

Manaka (The fickle one of changing moods)


Delicate and ever-changing, the tastes of sweet, sour bitter, hot and salty are not easily detectable, and if they are it is a fleeting impression. Manaka hailed from the strait of Malacca between Indonesia and Malaya.


Manaban ( The coarse peasant)

Sweet. unrefined and coarse, with a grittiness that distinguishes it from high quality material. Manaban came from the Malabar coast of southern India.


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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.



 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.

Eight ways to use incense



Kick your shoes off , curl up on the sofa and have a mug of tea with some of your favorite incense and have a moment of relaxation to your self .


  1. Connect with our senses.

 Attune to your incense by not only be aware of the scent but notice what you feel when you sense it. Notice what sensations there are in the body and what thoughts come through in the mind, Try not to label the experience by observing what is happening and not by judging the experience.

  1. To enhance spiritual practice.

Incense has a long tradition with spiritual practices. Whether that be a personal spiritual journey and practice or part of a religious practice and faith, incense has many uses to enhance. For some it is a way of developing greater mindfulness for others it is part of the ritual to their faith, there are so many different ways incense is used. It’s been said by some incense connects the heavens with the earth. Just as the concept of spirituality can be a shared experience it also is personal one, which mirrors the experience of use of incense it can be shared at the same time as being a purely personal one.Candle Flame


  1. To cleanse the home.

Feel your home has got a bit stagnant and the energy levels are low? Give your home  a good clean and tidy, making sure you have got rid of things you no longer want or need. Choose a sandalwood, sage or agarwood based incense or one of your favorite incense to bless each room and intend the home be a place health ,harmony, love and balance.  

  1. Welcome guest into your home.

Have fun , choose an incense which you feel matches your guests burn it in the entrance of your home to welcome them in. If like ask them if the incense scent is one they would choose, you may be surprised with the results. 


  1. To create a mood. 

Whether you want to create a sensual seductive mood or a uplifting and invigorating feel, incense will  help you to influence the mood through the beautiful fragrance it omits. 


  1. Heighten and colour awareness.

Just as colour brings vibrancy to the world so does our sense of smell. The more attuned you become to incense you will also become more attuned to the world of scent. The more focus you pay to the incense you burn (as long as it is a good quality incense) the more sensitive it appears your sense of smell becomes. The world becomes a more colourful place when we become attuned to our sense of smell.




8. Create your own sanctuary.

Make yourself a warm bubble bath, light some candles, treat yourself to your favourite incense and have a beautiful body oil to massage into skin after your bath. Give yourself the pampering you deserve and be transported to your own sanctuary of bliss.


Quick Facts About Agarwood Oil

You always give such great information about Agarwood on your blog.Thank you so much for sharing.

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Quick Facts About Agarwood Oil

  1. Agarwood is the most rare and precious wood on the planet, prized for its rich, wonderful and healing fragrance.
  2. Agarwood has also been used in nearly every religious tradition around the world and revered for thousands of years by many cultures as the most treasured incense ingredient.
  3. Agarwoods ability to invoke a deep sense of relaxation makes it extremely useful in any aromatherapy session, but is especially effective where anxiety and depression are present.

Agarwood Aquilaria malaccensis in herbal uses 

Is Agarwood Aquilaria malaccensis a herb? How is it application?

Internally for digestive and bronchial complaints, fevers, and rheumatism (bark, wood). Because of its astringent nature, the powdered wood of the aloes tree provide an effective skin tonic and is recommended by Ayurvedic physicians as an application for restoring pigment in leucoderma.

Powdered aloeswood provides an antiseptic so gentle it is used for ear…

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Japanese Reiki, Rehab and Japanese Incense


Japanese Reiki, Rehab and Japanese Incense

Japanese Reiki, Rehab and Japanese Incense

Japanese Reiki
Reiki found me in 2007 just when i needed it in my life. I discovered Original Japanese Reiki courses being taught close to where i lived, run by one of the Reiki Evolutions experienced teachers.
Previously i had experienced a Chi-Kung projection healing by a TCM Acupuncturist, this had a beneficial profound effect on me and lead me to research and explore more into energy/palm healing techniques, Reiki being the one that resonated with me the most.
I completed my level 3 Shinpiden course in 2008. This was only the beginning, now i had the training tools/techniques i had learnt that the system of Reiki is an ongoing journey of practising the five elements which make up the system of Japanese Reiki. (The precepts, Meditations & Techniques, Hands on Healing [Tenohira], Symbols & Kotodama [sacred sounds/spirit sounds], Reiju empowerments.) The goal to be self realization-your true self.
Reiki has changed my life, i’m positive, calmer, grounded and life doesn’t seem to faze me like before.
I couldn’t wait to treat others too. Family, friends and pets. I soon volunteered at a charity project to offer the amazing benefits of Reiki and also to gain in experience.

For the last few years i have worked carrying out Reiki treatments in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre close to where i live. I normally treat five clients for half an hour each including an initial consultation and time afterwards for feedback.
Clients and myself have found the Reiki experience to be a very beneficial part of their treatment process including easing the discomfort of detoxification & aiding the process. Freeing aches & pains, stress & anxiety reduction to deep relaxation. A lot of clients become so relaxed that they fall asleep on the treatment couch.
I always start from setting the same initial intentions -that it is for their highest good and may they receive what they need. I work from intention and intuition and use a kind of simple freestyle practice utilizing Reiji ho (letting my hands be guided), scanning, Kotodama if a intuitively feel the need to.
Water is always recommended to drink for several days after a treatment to aid the detoxification process.

Japanese Incense
My chosen Japanese Incense for burning whilst treating is Baieido’s Syukohkoku. Syu (Shu) means gather, Koh means incense, Koku means country. The two English translations literally mean “ Gathering of Incense Nations “or “Gathering of Fragrant Countries”.
I find this Incense helps promote deep relaxation and induces a meditative state. Its a ideal accompaniment for Reiki treatments and all the clients seem to love it too.
I’ve observed that the aroma sometimes leans towards the sandalwood component, at other times aloeswood is the dominant role. This is a complex & mysterious fragrance where various notes come in at different times.
The ingredients are Aloeswood, Sandalwood, Cassia and Clove.



Japanese Incense & Reiki treatments> all hands report for duty.

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I arrived  early to prepare the treatment room within the rehabilitation facility. I chose  Shoyeido’s Hoyei-Koi (Eternal treasure) to set a lovely calm and serene atmosphere. This incense is based on a recipe well over 100 years old. I felt this incense to be so delicate and personal, it was a real time of enjoyment for me and clients when the scents of sandalwood,cinnamon,clove and other selected spices filled the air and fused together.

The first client to enter into the room immediately commented on the aroma saying how lovely it was, then asking what incense it was.

The delicate fusion of scent’s really helped to relax some of the more agitated clients along with the Reiki energy of course.I found this incense to be a great accompaniment to the overall treatment’s carried out and i highly recommend trying it for yourselves.

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