Japan

Ko-do – Traditional Japanese aromatherapy

Today I’d like to introduce the classical art of “Ko-do”, which translates as “the way of incense”. Have you heard of this? It’s very different from “aromatherapy”, so please put your preconceptions aside! This is the one of the three traditional artistic accomplishments in Japan. You may know about the other two – Japanese flower arrangement (Ikebana or Ka-do) and the tea ceremony (Sa-do). Ko-do is the least well-known art culture even for us. Since ancient times people have been enjoying pleasant aromas, leading to the development of the perfume culture in Europe and of “Ko” (incense) in Japan. Ko-do involves experiencing the incense of aromatic wood (Koboku) within a…

Japan at the Olympics

  I very much enjoyed watching the Japanese football team beat world champions Spain in the Olympics recently! It just goes to show that with confidence and application it’s possible to succeed against the odds, whatever situation you’re in. I was impressed by the fitness levels shown by the Japanese players – running that hard and concentrating that intently for 90 minutes is not easy! Especially when you’re up against some of the best players at the tournament. As well as having a strict training regime, these players will also undergo intensive massage therapy. This loosens the muscles and allows the blood to flow freely, which gives them the capability…