History of Japanese Incense: Over 1,400 years ago, a large piece
of fragrant wood drifted ashore on the tiny Japanese island of Awaji. Realizing
the unique and marvelous fragrance emanating from the wood, island locals
presented it as a gift to the Empress Suiko. With this gift of rare and
precious agarwood began a new era of refinement of, and appreciation for, the
enjoyment of fragrance.
In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began incorporating
techniques of creating incense he learned as an employee of the Imperial Palace
in Kyoto, Japan. He would eventually introduce a new world of scent to an
audience beyond the realm of royalty.