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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Mike & Nikki

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Ten Virtues of Koh (Incense)


                        Ten Virtues of Koh (Incense)

                        It brings communication with the transcendent.

                        It refreshes mind and body.

                        It removes impurity.

                        It brings alertness.

                        It is a companion in solitude.

                        In the midst of busy affairs, it brings a moment of peace.

                        When it is plentiful, one never tires of it.

                        When there is little, still one is satisfied.

                        Age does not change its efficacy.

                        Used everyday, it does no harm.

                                                          -A poem from the sixteenth century-

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Nikki & Mike

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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