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The book of incense : enjoying the traditional art of Japanese scents
Morita, Kiyoko.
Personal Author:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 1999, 1992.
Physical Description:
134 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
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GT3032 .M6 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A guide to the ancient Japanese art of "Kodo", the way of incense, includingll relevant historical and cultural background. Illustrations show the usef joss sticks in scenting a room, utensils for the incense ceremony, how torepare a censer and a guide to incense preservation.

Author Notes

Kiyoko Morita grew up in Hokkaido, Japan. She lives in Massachusetts, where she is a lecturer in Japanese at Tufts University and a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Studies at Lesley College. Ms. Morita is also an Associate in Research at the Reischauer Institute of Harvard University and a founding member of the Boston Shino Incense Study Group.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Color Platesp. 17
I Incense and Other Aromatic Substancesp. 25
II Japan's Encounter with Incensep. 31
Incense and Buddhismp. 31
The Courtiers' Wayp. 35
The Warriors' Way: The Birth of Koh-dop. 40
The Establishment of Incense Schools: An Art Form for Allp. 43
The Decline and Revival of Koh-dop. 47
III Varieties of Japanese Incensep. 51
Ingredients of Kohp. 51
Jinkohp. 53
Incense Productsp. 58
IV The Koh-do Way of Appreciating Incensep. 67
Kumikohp. 67
Art Objects for Incensep. 72
The Incense Ceremonyp. 73
Sample Kumikoh for Funp. 81
Shirakawa-koh (Shirakawa Border Station)p. 81
Sanshu-koh (Game of Three)p. 84
Sankei-koh (The Three Scenic Spots)p. 87
Genji-koh (The Tale of Genji)p. 89
V The Pleasures of Incense Todayp. 97
VI The Traditional and Modern with Kohp. 107
VII Sampling Incense Yourselfp. 117
Appendixp. 123
Bibliographyp. 133