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 premium 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. Premium quality Aloeswood
fetches very high prices and this is reflected in the cost of the
highest quality 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. Aloeswood is obtained
from the evergreen Daphne Genus tree. When a fungus infects the tree a
resin begins to form and when the tree dies the resin continues to harden
and mature. The resin imbued wood is then harvested for incense and
In Japan it is considered a great honour to receive a gift of fine Aloeswood or Kyara.