Creating something new by drawing on tradition. Preserving the beauty of tradition through new creations. Koju delivers incense products that combine traditional skills, a long history, and modern day sensitivities.
“Jinkoh” and “Sandalwood” represent living trees that, over a period of many years, naturally develop fragrant substances inside their wood. Aromatic woods are the most precious ingredients for incense products, such as perfumes or incense sticks. They are also used for the art of Kodo. Koju has an assortment of quality aromatic woods that are hard to come by in a modern days.
Clumps of fragrance are formed by resin inside living trees of the Aquilaria family. These trees only inhabit specific areas in South East Asia such as Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. The fragrance forms when fungi enter the trees. Some fragrance deposits are found in the ground like fossils, or inside old living trees. Because they often sink in a water, they were named “Jinkoh” which use characters that mean “fragrance that sinks” (there is no specific tree that is named Jinkoh).
The highest quality Jinkoh is called “Kyara” or Premium Aloeswood. It can be found only in specific locations in the mountainous areas of Vietnam. It has deep fragrance not found in other types of Jinkoh. From antiquity, it has been considered even more valuable than gold. In the present day, it is extremely rare and expensive, to the point that it is considered the jewelry of the fragrance world.
An aromatic wood that grows in India and Indonesia. Fragrance is found inside the center layer of old trees and it has been valued highly since ancient times. It has been used for making Buddha statues, rosaries, and folding fans. It is also prized as a valuable ingredient for incenses or incense sticks. This aromatic wood is used in Kodo and tea ceremony as well.
Precious aromatic woods such as Jinkoh (Kyara) or Sandalwood don’t grow in Japan. However, Japanese people have sought for aromatic woods that grow domestically throughout history. Japanese aromatic woods are different from original aromatic woods, but they carry the distinct, pleasing scent of Japan itself.
Fruity and citrusy, with the freshness of the sea.
The fragrance is vivid, yet calm.
A mysterious, modern fragrance with a calm freshness that
passes through you ever so gently.
First, a fresh fragrance unique to condensed Japanese cypress,
followed by a warm, woody fragrance.
A healthy and crisp fragrance. Reserved and exquisite,
it has been beloved by Japanese people for ages.
*Chinese/herbal ingredients used for fragrance, not aromatic woods.