Japanese incense ceremony, known as Kodo or Kou-dou, dates
back centuries. Through many years of intense study and practice to perform
the ceremony correctly, this refined art form has become a
very important part of the Japanese culture.
The amazing thing about this particular ceremony is
that while learning how to perform a Japanese Tea Ceremony
can be mastered in about 15 to 30 minutes, to master the art
of Kodo typically takes more than 30 years!
Not just any
ceremony, with Kodo, you can participate in any number of
ceremonies or games that will be offered by a Kodo Master.
To begin, you would get involved with games and
parties that are hosted in private homes.
The ceremony involves a variety of unique steps such
as kneading incense, a long and difficult process and of
ceremony is elegant and provides an experience that is like
none other. With Kodo, there is a sense of peace and tranquility, a type
of powerful resonance of the Japanese history and culture.
During the ceremony, in addition to the games played,
the senses are also put through a series of tests.
If you were
interested in learning how to perform a traditional Kodo
ceremony, you will need tons of patience and a long-term
can purchase sets on the internet for the ceremony, which
would include two different types of incense – one that
would be used during the day and the other used at night.
Additionally, the set would include round incense
holders and a book of instructions.
However, if you were just interested in the ceremony
but not sure that you want to spend 30 years perfecting the
art, then you can locate a number of Kodo masters that offer
the public entrance into this amazing art.
You can even
attend special schools in Japan that teach the art of
performing an incense ceremony.
Keep in mind that this is truly a very important of
the culture and therefore, you should take the learning
process seriously. To
gain more information, you can contact anyone of the three
schools, which include Hachiyryu, Olye-ryu, and Shino-ryu,
to get more information.