Cultural Windows

Monko Incense

Scent is one of the most emotionally moving senses we humans have. One brief wisp of fragrance causes us to recall the most vivid memories, calling forth feelings of home and peace. Certain fragrances have a special place in Japan, with some of the most natural and pungent being reserved for important ceremonies and religious rites. Clear your senses and prepare for a journey using only your sense of smell. Learn about traditional incenses and the place they hold in history and in the present, and prepare to be tested on your ability to memorize and recall some of the many warm and spicy fragrances of the East.