Yamadamatsu Shihou Kyara

Where to start. A note on the name, Shihou in Japanese means ‘all directions’. I put some prep time in before I lit this coil to take notes on it, cleansing my olfactory senses with coffee beans and ensuring the room was free from other scents, etc etc.
This coil is all wood. It immediately hits you with concentrated, pure aloes wood scent, with a rich turpentine backed up by a light rosy cedar sweetness, mixed with a hint of ozone. This is by no means a 100-paces style incense, even though it comes in a coil. You will definitely want to sit down and listen to this one on a personal level.

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6 Comments

  1. jofuku1852 said,

    June 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hello (^-^) Shihoh in this case does not mean four direction which is written 四方, but it is the name of one of courtisans’ houses of the Heian era. It is no longer made but can still have access. I personally like Shohyoh of this line ☆

  2. Kevin said,

    May 15, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I think the reference is to the expression “I could smell him from 100 paces,” meaning that it is a strong, expansive smell that you can smell from far away.

  3. greggking said,

    May 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I believe the Yamadamatsu Shoyo coils would fall under the “100 paces” category, as would any strongly perfumed or odoriferous incense. The Shihou, and indeed most pure, not green oil kyara, incense sticks do not carry far, unless you are wealthy enough to burn a whole box at one time.

  4. May 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Thinking the same thing, Marion…an inside reference we should know?

  5. Marian said,

    May 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the review. If you don’t mind, would you please explain the meaning of a 100 paces-style incense? Thank you very much


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