Senko and Reed diffuser
When you think of someone,
It’s a personal time,
For you to face yourself.
Strike a match and light the incense-
A fragrant aroma rises,
With the faint hint of smoke.
A series of gestures,
Like a switch in my mind,
Opens up the secret door within me.
Warm, albeit I’m all alone.
A little bit of loneliness and plenty of kindness,
Are woven with memories into the present moment.
Aroma is an invisible boundary.
It envelops time and space,
And I dissolve into me.
Come now, light the incense.
Why did a Buddhist altar company make senko (incense sticks) and fragrances?
We’ve always worked closely with those who pray. When we sit at the Buddhist altar at home, we think of someone who we feel a connection with and talk to them about our daily life, friends and family, work, and worries – It’s a very personal and peaceful time. The aroma of senko goes hand in hand with prayer time. It envelops people and time, and opens up the door to our hearts.
Prayer time is often the most relaxing time of the day. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we wish for you to have a moment of peace. HITO/TOKI was created with the hope that through fragrance, people and time can be enriched.
When we thought about developing senko for people to enjoy a moment of peace, we deeply reconsidered the existence of senko itself. We realized that it is not only the fragrance, but also the whole process of lighting the incense, placing it in the incense burner, and giving up the scent as an offering.
Just like an athlete’s routine, these gestures become ingrained in us. Through these gestures, our body and mind naturally shift into the prayer mindset. It is like a switch that allows us to face ourselves and reset our minds. Our traditional senko and unique diffuser were born out of these subtle gestures.
Prayer is a very precious time in the day, and we want the fragrances that adorn this time to be authentic. That is why we’ve chosen only the finest fragrances and materials, and have meticulously used only hand-made tools to create senko and diffusers that will enrich your life.
We wanted everyone to be able to freely use fragrances in their everyday life. That’s why HITO/TOKI has been redesigned with the modern user in mind.
There are many environments where we cannot use or do not want to use fire, for example in homes with small children. To ease your mind, we developed a senko diffuser that is safe for the whole family, including the elderly, and provides peace of mind to all.
We believe that the presence of our fragrance anytime, anywhere, will make people’s lives a little richer. The peaceful experience of prayer doesn’t have to happen when you clasp your hands together. We’d like you to use HITO/TOKI when you want to calm your mind or feel safe without worry, when you want to focus or while you’re drifting off to sleep.
Time and fragrance, and the subtle movements connecting the two have been carried out in Japanese culture for a long time. We wish to preserve it both freely and securely in modern day life.
Tokyo Kodo (Tokyo-Grasse) is an interior aroma incense brand that combines traditional techniques from Japanese and Western culture. It was started in 2014 by a third-generation incense company owner who learned the art of blending fragrances in Grasse, France. The products are handmade in an atelier in Gunma, Japan; a region rich in natural beauty where the Tone River flows. Tokyo Kodo looks upon incense as an art form, and seeks to create products with a high artistic quality that can fill any space with the “beauty of scent”.
Shibukusa Ryuzo Pottery was established in the 12th year of the Tempo era in 1841, when one of the local governors of Hida, which was under the direct control of the Edo Shogunate, established a semi-govermental kiln. Business activities ranged from making artworks and daily commodities to coordinating artisans from various industries. The three main pillars of the business; “art pieces,” “products,” and “direction” have passed through 7 generations to the current head of the family at Shibukasa Pottery. With a family motto of “Passing tradition is decline, creating tradition is innovation”, Shibukusa Pottery Inc. has been working widely throughout Japan and abroad, integrating traditional techniques and materials with the spirit of the modern era.
Yasuragi is the Japanese word for “peace.” This warm, somewhat nostalgic fragrance is made from Sandalwood, Benzoin, Ginger, Tea Tree and Nutmeg. The scent has a subtle sweetness and softness, and as the name suggests, offers a time of peace and tranquillity.
Rosewood, Oakmoss Citrus and Cassis are blended with Calone, a fragrance with notes of the sea and ozone. It is a refreshing scent with the coolness of a drop of water in the breezy air.
A blend of Cedarwood, Patchouli and Peppermint. It feels like a soft breeze that sways trees. The air has a warmth and calmness of a mossy forest.
Insert the reed stick into the bottle to absorb the fragrance.
Place the reed stick in the incense holder provided.