Depending on when you were born, incense might bring to mind the hippy culture of the 1960s, the New Age culture of the 1970s, the Zen Buddhism boom of the 1980s, or any yoga studio from that time on. When you open the Kiraboshi Incense, though, you'll forget all of that and be transported directly to Japan's Imperial Court in the sixth century, when courtiers would hold incense appreciation gatherings. If you're looking for top-quality incense, look no further: even from the packaging you can tell this is an exceptional product.
The box is worth mentioning because it's made of white paulownia wood. Everything that falls under the category of "traditional top-quality Japanese items," from katana sword handguards to one-of-a-kind teapots always come in such boxes. The Kiraboshi Incense contains three boxes of 140 mm (5.5") sticks in two fragrances: one is the popular agarwood (one box) and the other is the even more popular sandalwood (two boxes). Each stick will burn for 25 minutes and with less smoke than usual incense, making it ideal for any occasion, casual or formal.
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