This is the best-selling incense in Japan. Developed during Japan’s Meiji Era (1868 – 1912). An incense designed for everyday burning. Little wonder as to why it’s so popular, with there being 360 sticks in each box, which itself represents truly brilliant value for money, at just over 4 pence per stick. That’s a years worth of incense for less than £16.00 but don’t let that low price tag turn you off.
So what do they smell like? Unburnt, they smell (a lot!) more expensive than they are. There is a deep sweet smelling Sandalwood, not the usual dusty scent you may know, especially if you’ve ever used Indian incense. This one doesn’t contain the addition of any perfumes. So while the smell is straightforward, it’s nothing but gorgeous. Very quickly after the delivery of the Sandalwood scent, you get a gentle and warm pine, very comforting and quite refreshing on top of the otherwise heady sandalwood. I feel they really compliment one another.
The MAINICHI-KOH incense is typical of Japanese incense in that it doesn’t have a bamboo core. If you’re new to that then you may find it impossible to go back to that type of incense stick, I include myself when I say that. Taking the core away means you get a much cleaner burn, bringing through the actual aromas you want in the first place. Despite the lack of Bamboo, you do still get a generous amount of smoke, which will emmit for the full burn time of approximately 30 minutes. Being an everyday incense, you will find it necessary to set one going more regularly, since the room will lose a lot of the aroma within 10 hours of the burn.
Key Note: Sandalwood
Stick Length: 135mm
Stick Count: Approx. 360
Approx. Burn Time: 30 minutes
Nippon Kodo Code: 10802