There are many ways to enjoy incense, the most common being burning incense sticks and cones. In Japan, they also enjoy incense this way, but there is a much older art form of incense called Koh-do. It uses incense wood in its purest form, warmed over a live coal buried in ash, and protected from burning with a mica plate. Koh-do developed in the 13th century Japan,and evolved in close connection with Japanese literary pursuits.
In similar fashion to tea ceremonies, koh-dō, the incense ceremony is a refined art form that follows complex observances and ancient etiquette regarding preparation and participation. There are incense schools and traditions passed down for generations. A thorough knowledge of Japanese literature and fine calligraphy handwriting are required for this ceremony. There are many incense ceremony games and forms with which to participate in Koh-do.
In this workshop we will be doing monko, or listening to incense and writing poetry. It is a way of enjoying Japanese incense that does not require participants to know elaborate etiquette, history or literature. The incense burner is prepared with ash, a live coal and mica plate and individuals “listen” to the incense. Instead of smelling the incense, we say listening to the incense. As perfumers say there are top notes, bass notes and middle notes to the incense. There is a whole symphony of fragrance listen to. We don't just smell the incense in our nose, but listen to the incense with our whole being. In a meditative atmosphere, all of our senses can be opened up to write what comes to mind inspired by the incense.
TICKETS: $30.00 (includes all supplies)
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available same day.
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