Japan and Scent
Since ancient times, Japanese people have expressed their thoughts and feelings about seasons through scents.
Japan’s scent culture is said to have begun in 595 when a piece of driftwood washed ashore—the nation’s first encounter with fragrant wood. Then, during the Heian Period (794-1185), Japan’s unique fragrance blend in the form of incense was born.
Japanese scents have evolved with the seasons and are a part of life in Japan.
Summer in Japan
Summer in Japan comes after the dreary rainy season. Temperatures and humidity become high, and the sun shines brightly.
Although the days can be unpleasant and difficult to endure, people enjoy this exciting season using their creativity to cool off and get away from the heat.
RYO / cooling off
People in Japan created original solutions to cool off from the summer heat by using our senses.
The exhilarating smells found in the sound of wind chimes swaying in the wind and the rustling of bamboo leaves touching each other is cool to the ear. The lush moss spreading under the bamboo grove is refreshing to the eyes.
Returning to the traditional way of cooling off in close contact with nature is being re-evaluated.