Koh-Do. Japanese art that influensed generations.

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Dubaihasniche has recently travelled to Japan to expand its olfactive presence and explore ancient Fragrance Art, Koh-Do, incense ceremony with hundreds of years of history.

To say it was impressive, not to say anything. Fascination, awe, deep respect are the only few feelings you have when you got closer to the ceremony itself.

Let's see what is Koh-Do.

Koh-Do (Koh, eng. Incense, Do, eng. Way) is an ancient (appeared in around 6th century CE) incense ceremony that has been accessible for only high-ranked Samurai and Aristocrats, and is a part of Tea Ceremony. It was a time of Japanese renaissance , the time when high class has been enjoying different performances like Tea Ceremony, Verse Composition (Renga), Noh plays and others. Koh-do was a truly unique cultural tradition of that time.

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Koh-do is an art with a specific rules and manners to be strictly followed. That is the first difference from traditional perfume. It was an Art for intellectual peopel such as Musicians, Artists, Writers, and also rich Merchants, and of course, Aristocracy, Imperors and elite Samurai. Koh-do has given a great impact on Calligraphy and literature.​

Koh-do Ceremony has two major aspets:

1. The gaming aspect

2. Enhancing mental abilities and wellbeing

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What the ceremony looks like?

1. Participants enjoy sniffing fragrance of Kohboku (Fragrance wood like Agarwood, Sandalwood, Cedar, Cypress, etc.) in a quiet room.

2. Kohboku represents tiny chip of wood. There are six kinds of woods.

3. Different number of incense burners with different woods chips (hence different scent) are places in front of participants.

4. The incense burners are handed out and participans need to guess what is the scent name

We live in the region (Middle East) where perfume is an essential accessory, important part of lifestyle, and of course, cultural pecularities. Japanese Koh-Do shows how all this can be turned into ritual and ceremony that become inseparable contribution to the cultural heritage of the nation.

More details about Koh-do you can be found here: http://www.nipponkodo.com/en/culture/ceremony.html