Shu Koh Koku
contains high quality sandalwood and premium Vietnamese
aloeswood. They have been blended with traditional Chinese herbs and spices. It also contains the highest concentration of rare Aloeswood in the Baieido range. This is a very rare quality incense!
In Japan aloeswood is seen as a sacred and
important wood. It is one of the most distinguished ingredients used in
Japanese incense. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333) the Japanese
began using various raw woods such as aloeswood in the making of
incense. Some incense was used in a more recreational way while others
were used in the most important of religious ceremonies. This led to a
classification system for grading the qualities of aloeswood. The very
finest quality aloeswood is referred to as Kyara. Good quality aloeswood
fetches very high prices and this is reflected in the prices of the
highest quality aloeswood incenses.
Aloeswood is also an
important wood in the Middle East and in many places is burned daily to
accompany prayer. It is also known as agarwood, eaglewood, oud or
gaharu. The wood itself has no significant aroma. Aloeswood is obtained
from the evergreen daphne genus tree. When a fungus infects the tree a
resin begins to form. When the trees die this resin continues to harden
and mature. This resin imbued wood is then collected for incense and
In Japan it is considered a great honour to receive a gift of fine aloeswood or Kyara.