Okuno Seimeido / Kanbai

Okuno Seimeido have a small series of aromas that include  aloeswood, sandalwood, violet and this winter plum flower incense known as Kanbai. Most of these can be found in stock at the Asakichi incense store in San Francisco, although not on line. The stick is red, comes in fairly large size bulk and tends to the floral side in the same manner as many Nippon Kodo, Daihatsu and Kunjudo modern incense aromas. It strikes something of a balance between the plum flower smell and a scent more overtly rose-like or generic floral. Like many inexpensive florals, this tends towards the bitter side in its aroma, although it doesn’t go as far as, say, some of the NK brands and will likely be found pleasant by those who like modern incenses in this style. While most of the aroma seems to come from a perfume, the scent it gives off is often reminiscent of fresh petals itself, which gives it a bit of an earthy subnote. Thanks to Pinjie for the sample!



  1. Pinjie said,

    June 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Hi, Everyone,

    Asakichi has several other Okuno Seimeido products. One of them is the Kunsui – a traditional sandalwood incense. It’s the lowest end of the Kunsui series (http://www.osenkou.com/products/prod022.html). The other two Kunsuis are aloeswood-based and are not available in the US. As far as I know, the Kunsui series is probably the only traditional line from Okuno Seimeido. There is also another Seimeido sandalwood blend that Asakichi carries which is from another series called “Land of Scent” or “Home of Scent”. Although it does smell like a traditional, sweet sandalwood blend, I don’t know if it really is traditional since the other two in the series are less-smoke and named “forest” and “lavender”.

  2. Bernd Sandner said,

    June 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    The one I have got, is the top one on the link, posted by Kristin!


    The meaning of “Kiwami”, as far as I know, is “border”, or “end”.
    So maybe Okuno Seimeido has got a whole line, called Kiwami.
    Maybe the smokeless line?

    But you are right Mike, the one on your link also seems to be Okuno Seimeido!

    • Mike said,

      June 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm

      That would be my guess on Kiwami too, their smokeless line. Thanks Bernd.

  3. Kristin A-T said,

    June 30, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for the kanji reading, guys! I was struggling with the reading on this company’s name.
    The Kiwami Green Pine is indeed made by Okuno Seimeido. Take a look, it’s the fourth one down, items [2-9] and [2-10]:
    There are a couple others, in purple and red boxes below the green.
    Gotta run!!

    • Mike said,

      June 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks Kristin! I wonder if this is something like a Japanese mall brand, it’s definitely very nontraditional work.

  4. Bernd Sandner said,

    June 30, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Mike,

    hope you are well!

    You know, just today, one of my japanese students gave me some incense sticks,
    as a present she brought for me from Japan.
    It is Okuno Seimeido “Kiwami”.
    I had never heard of this company before.
    I can’t say much, because I have only tried one stick.
    It is a smokeless incense, floral, slightly violet, not very stong, a littlebit like a soft, artficial perfume. And it is a big package.
    With florals, I am quite particular. So this would not be my buy. But it is o.k., not flashy like many others.
    Anyway, for me it nice, my student had been thinking of me and my love for incense, while she was in Japan.

    But isn’t this a coincidence!

    Best to you Mike!

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