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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…