Seminar: The Way of Incense: Koh-do
October 1, 2018
Room: Great Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Members from the famous Shoyeido Incense Company in Kyoto, Japan, will present an incense ceremony- a wondrous delight that holds the potential to both calm the mind as well as provide the opportunity to “communicate with the transcendent.”
Incense appreciation is an ancient practice brought to Japan from China with the Buddhist ritual of offerings for purification of the mind and body. As an important cultural tradition in Japan Koh-do is similar to Chanoyu (tea ceremony) and Ikebana (flower arranging). Many incense ceremonies involve a game, in which the participants attempt to guess which scent they just “listened”. While the formal Koh-do ceremony is steeped in protocol and tradition, the basic concept of the ceremony is to have fun with fragrance and learn to "listen" to incense. You do not have to have a trained, experienced “nose” to experience and appreciate the different kinds of incense.