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.
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.
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.
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.
The beautiful cherry trees are in full bloom in this little part of Somerset and it really does uplift the spirits as we have been through such a wet winter. As I was looking at the stunning blossom along our cherry tree avenue I did enjoy nature showing me such inspirational beauty among the business of our small town . I later thought how I could understand the Japanese’s admiration for the wonder of the cherry blossom and plum blossom.
Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, “flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms (sakura) or plum blossoms (ume).
Blossom and Symbolism
In Japan the Plum Blossom (ume) is known as “The Flower of Peace” and has a very important place in Japanese literature and symbolism.
The cherry blossom (sakura) is a well-known symbol of the end of the winter and the new being of life in the season of spring. Which signifies a great time to start new fresh ventures and appreciate the end of any difficult period .
The blossom of the cherry and plum is extremely fragile and last for such a short time, for the Japanese this signifies the transience condition of existence. This concept ties in very deeply with the important wisdom of Buddhism which often reflects on the temporary nature of life.
Incense and Blossom
Baieido and Shoyeido are two of the best known and long established brands of incense in Japan. Baieido incense established in 1657 and Shoyeido has a long connection with trained incense masters and artisans. Both Incense brands have crafted their interpretation of cherry blossom and plum blossom.
Baieido have created Kobunboku and Kokonoe both in their own way mirror the spring blossom. Kokonoe is definitely the incense if you wish to experience a incense which has a flora undertone. Kobunboku has a certain spicy characteristics and was the first Japanese incense I started with so I have a particular attachment to.
Shoyeido has produced Kyo-Zakura (Kyoto Cherry blossom) which I have found to have a tart uplifting quality to it and is one of Mikes (the over half of divine-incense.com) preferences .
Johrei Japanese Cultural Event
We are looking forward to attending the Johrei Japanese Cultural Event, Saturday 15th March and we will be selling a range of Japanese Incense.