When you wear KIMONO, would you like to wear perfume or cologne as well？ Well...I myself would like to wear O-KOH (Japanese incense).
In ”The Tale of Genji*”, there is a description of smoldering O-KOH in order to transfer the scent to KIMONO. Among the noble men and women in Heian era, it was a commonplace to make an original blend of scents according to their own preference.
In Kyoto, you can create your original NIOIBUKURO (sachet) at some O-KOH stores. Or it can be more convenient to look for your favorite one in the market places. In addition, some O-KOH have an effect of insect deterrent. If you put it in your closet, your clothes will absorb the sweet nice scent as well. Isn't is nice?
The oldest record of O-KOH can be found in NIHON SHOKI** written in the era of Prince Shotoku Taishi***. The book says: people living in Awaji island put a driftwood on fire one day, and a very favorable scent filled the air. People were surprised and dedicated the driftwood to the imperial court.
Thus, it can be said that Japanese culture has deep connection with O-KOH. Let's enjoy the scent in sophisticated manner and be an advanced dresser.
The Tale of Genji*: an famous literature in Heian era, written by Murasaki Shikibu
NIHON SHOKI**: translated as The Chronicles of Japan, and is the second-oldest book of classical Japanese history.
Prince Shotoku Taishi***: also known as Prince Umayado, a semi-legendary regent and a politician of the Asuka period in Japan who served under Empress Suiko.