Shoyeido - River Path Incense Gift Set Horikawa - 20 Sticks (6.4 g)
Shoyeido River Path Incense Gift Set Horikawa is from a recipe conceived more than three decades ago. River Path is a sublime blend of high quality sandalwood, cinnamon and frankincense and is a rich, warm, and soothing fragrance unlike any others! It creates mood and can be relaxing and soothing to the psyche or provide clarity and energy. Opening oneself completely to the fragrance is called ''listening to incense'' in Japan. For centuries, people have used the natural aromas of nature to soothe, to create atmosphere and to enliven space.
As a thoughtful expression of gratitude or affection - or simply as a treat for yourself - this beautiful pairing of a ceramic incense holder and plentiful, natural incense is sure to make an impression. There are 20 sticks of incense (2.75") and a glazed ceramic incense holder are paired amidst mesmerizing graphics. A steppingstone-grey paper box base and clear lid complete and protect the treasures inside.
- Slate colored paper box with clear top, 4.75" x 4.75"
- 20 sticks of our popular River Path incense, 2.75"
- One glazed ceramic incense holder, 2 1/4" diameter
Handcrafted Incense Holders
Shoyeido's handcrafted incense holders are made with great care by talented potters. They offer a variety of shapes, sizes and glazes: single-stick holders, elegant leaf-shaped pieces, colorful incense bowls, decorative Japan-themed tiles, and more. Their artisan's skillful hand glazing ensures that every piece is a unique work of art.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Shoyeido incense made?
As it has been for over 300 years, Shoyeido incense is manufactured at their facility in Kyoto, Japan.
Does Shoyeido incense have a bamboo core?
No. Unlike many incense, their blending techniques do not require a bamboo core. With Shoyeido, the fragrance you enjoy is that of pure incense rather than the smoke of a superfluous wooden base. Shoyeido blends only the finest natural ingredients and binds them with Tabu-koh (machilus thunbergii) and water. This mixture is then extruded, much like spaghetti, and allowed to dry as a solid stick of pure incense.
In the past, some kinds of incense have given me a headache. Will Shoyeido products have this effect on me?
Unlikely! Many of their customers have told them that they previously did not enjoy incense, or that it was too strong and may have caused them discomfort. The main reason for this is that many types of incense contain accelerants to help them burn more evenly. These kinds of incense often create a large amount of smoke and the fragrance is compromised. For those who are particularly sensitive to smoke, they recommend their Aesthetics Series incense.
How is Shoyeido incense made?
Shoyeido incense is blended in Kyoto, Japan by their highly trained artisans employing centuries-old recipes and techniques. Specific ingredients are finely ground and mixed with pure water and a natural binding material called "tabuko" (machilus thunbergii). Because they use only natural components, the quality and ratio of each raw ingredient is critical to the final outcome. Moisture, drying time, and production methods are all major aspects of their blending process. Lacking the bamboo core seen in so-called "dipped" incense products, their mixtures are extruded, carefully shaped and then slowly dried. Shoyeido's manufacturing process is renowned for its quality and high standards.
What makes some of Shoyeido's incense so expensive?
In a word, ingredients. At Shoyeido, they use only the finest herbs, spices, resins and aromatic woods from around the world. Many of their ingredients are kanpo-medicinal grade. Coupled with blending techniques that have been developed over three centuries, the result is a large collection of truly amazing fragrances.
Does Shoyeido incense have an expiration date? Does it lose its fragrance over time?
Because Shoyeido products are comprised of natural ingredients, their fragrances actually improve and become mellower over time, much like a fine wine.
10 Virtues of Koh
These "virtues of incense" were compiled in the 16th century. They continue to capture the spirit of Koh (incense) appreciation.
- It brings communication with the transcendent.
- It refreshes mind and body.
- It remove 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.
Like tea ceremony and flower arrangement, Koh-do, or "incense ceremony," is an important tradition in Japan. Koh-do is always presented by licensed practitioners who have graduated from koh schools - either the Shino or Oie schools - that have have been preserving and conveying this tradition for over five centuries. Incense ceremony is traditionally carried out in the Koh room (as pictured), with a Master of Ceremonies and a small group of participants. Most incense ceremonies involve a game in which the participants attempt to guess the scent that is being burned. There are hundreds of variations of these incense games.
While the formal Koh-do ceremony is steeped in protocol and tradition, the main idea is to have fun with fragrance and learn to "listen" to incense. Of course, one does not have to have an experienced, "trained nose" to enjoy and appreciate incense. Informal gatherings of people can meet to share different kinds of incense and create their own games.
A good source of additional information about the vivid history and culture of Japanese incense, including Koh-do incense ceremony, is The Book of Incense by Kiyoko Morita.
Over 1,400 years ago, a large piece of fragrant driftwood washed ashore on the tiny Japanese island of Awaji. Realizing the uniqueness of the marvelous fragrance emanating from the wood, island locals presented it as a gift to the Empress Suiko. With this gift of precious agarwood began a new era of refinement of - and appreciation for - the enjoyment of fragrance.
In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began incorporating incense-making techniques he learned as an employee of Kyoto's Imperial Palace. He would eventually introduce a new world of scent to an audience beyond the realm of royalty.
Twelve generations later, the Hata family continue to create an amazing array of fragrances. Shoyeido incense is considered the highest quality, most natural incense available on Earth.
Shoyeido's blending process is an art form. Highly trained "masters" draw upon centuries-old secrets to create masterworks of fragrance. These artisans carefully process the quality, balance, and ratio of every hand-selected natural ingredient. The slightest variation in amount or quality of any component can dramatically influence the outcome. Only the finest raw materials are used. The results are remarkable, subtle scents that beckon us to use all of our senses - what the Japanese call mon-koh, or "listening to incense."
Shoyeido products are not just the preferred incense for most temples in Japan. Their unique blends are the modern natural solution for creating a relaxed atmosphere in the home. Whether as an accompaniment to work, to enliven social settings, to deepen yoga and meditation practices, or simply as bubble bath or spa accompaniment, Shoyeido's pure incense is a timeless way to enhance atmosphere.
With respect for the environment and a concern for green practices, Shoyeido continues to set the standard in the market of fragrance. They have procured permits from the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry in Japan, and the US Fish & Wildlife Department to validate that their products are properly accounted for and responsibly harvested. None of their recipes contain animal ingredients and no testing has ever been done on animals.
Their products are proven sellers in many markets, including health food stores, gift shops, bookstores, boutiques, vitamin stores, apothecaries, spas, and salons. Shoyeido is the ideal product for stores looking for the best quality lifestyle items. As consumers continue to reach for natural products to deepen their experience and appreciation for life, Shoyeido incense stands apart as the perfect, pure solution.