Among the many delights and surprises of nature is fragrance. Whether entering a forest, or coming upon a wild rose, one is often amazed at the subtlety and joy of scent. Fragrance creates mood. It can be relaxing and soothing to the psyche or provide clarity and energy.
Opening oneself completely to the fragrance is called "Listening to Incense" in Japan. With the variety of scents available, one can discover an unexpected world of pleasure. For centuries, people have used the natural aromas of nature to soothe, to create atmosphere, and to enliven space. In ancient Japan, only the nobility enjoyed incense as an elegant pastime.
Whether for meditation and quiet reflection, or for creating an elegant environment to be shared with others, the opportunity for enjoyment awaits those ready to explore the world of scent.