Kyarazen Premium Handmade Incense now available on Etsy

Dear Readers,
I’m happy to let you know that two of Kyarazen’s Premium Handmade Incense can now be purchased here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Kyarazen

(See 3/8/15 ORS post for reviews)

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

20 Comments

  1. April 10, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Have received kyarazen incense.I bought ‘ENKO’,but was kindly sent samples of 1 nanbar,1 zen moon,3 smiling orchids,and 3 Samadhi.
    The speed of delivery from Singapore to London has me in shock.Kyarazen must have his own private Jet.!!Unbelievable speed.
    These sticks are the smallest Japanese at about e.g.Enko is about 2.5 inches max.Also all the sticks are the thinnest I have ever seen.This is the most expensive incense I have bough as you almost get next to nothing for your money.I am only so pleased I asked for samples(4 extra scents,8 sticks).
    Superbly packed.
    Tried the Enko,smells nice ,cinnamon,sweet and spicey like baking spice cakes.I will be back to give full review,(better be good!,Such a TINY amount of incense!!
    Happy sniffing everyone.

    • Marian said,

      April 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

      The sticks are small because they are made of the premium ingredients, with very little binder. May I make a suggestion? Light one of KyaraZen’s sticks. On a dry day, smell the smoke from a 1/2 arm’s length away. Only burn less than 1/2 inch of stick and then extinguish it. Light one of the less expensive sticks you enjoy. Do the same thing- burn a small amount of the stick and then extinguish it. Go back and forth between the two sticks. How would you compare the pureness of the scents? Do you smell a lot of binder notes? Is the burn clean? Is there (the characteristic Japanese) interplay of scent and silence? How do the scents make you feel- what do you experience when you smell them? For example, how is Nan Ban different from Zen Moon? Notice their character. Does the stick represent its name?
      I get a lot more out of burning 1″ of any of these sticks then I get out of burning an entire stick of some of my other incenses, which I’d equate to “canned music”. By the way- I rarely burn a full stick, especially not the expensive sticks🙂
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      • April 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

        thanks Marian,I really appreciate and will follow your advice.
        As a newbie to the Japanese world my explorations are greatly enjoyable.
        The necessary repeat plays,and ‘listening’ is essential I am finding.
        I have to reveal the incense,not the other way round!!!
        Already after just 4 sticks the Enko has gone from a short pleasant burst of cinnamon and spicey gingerbread cooking(stick 1)to an ermeging depth of muti-levels quality which creates an almost unknown reality response within me.Frightening,but fascinating and exciting.At present beyond my description.
        I like to let people now that if begginers like me,they will be severly disappointed on first look and smell,But already new worlds are opening to me,so,hopefully,if I,(a death metal,motorbiking,materialist,’stronger is better’ type of guy)can learn,anyone can learn!!
        Thanks again for you fabulous advice.

        • Marian said,

          April 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

          Thanks for your kind words. I have a lot to learn and each new incense is an opportunity to hone my perceptions. As you said, “listening” is what it’s all about. When I really want to appreciate an incense I do it at a quiet moment when I am free of other distractions. “Being in the moment’ – trying to be as receptive and focused as I can be, without feeling any pressure or tension, is my goal.
          If you’re into “stronger is better’ I think you will find that Nan Ban is a very assertive and powerful stick. You’ll see how its smoke is especially thick and diffusive. If you don’t mind my making another suggestion, notice the depth of shallowness of your breaths as you compare the different sticks. Inhaling Nan Ban is a very different experience than inhaling Zen Moon.
          I admire your openness and persistence, hellosailorboy. I am sure you will have a lot of wonderful discoveries in your future.

  2. Hisham said,

    April 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Hello Marian,
    I just saw your post but his web site on the link doesn’t have any products shown. has it been sold out?

    • Marian said,

      April 6, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Hi, Hisham,
      They were sold out. However you can contact him and ask for a custom order.

      • hisham said,

        April 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm

        Thank you for the reply. I had actually contacted him about 3 or 4 weeks ago when I first read about them and he didn’t have any left for sale at that time but kindly and generously offered samples for review which I accepted but hasn’t received it yet. So when i saw that they might be available commercially I also naturally rushed to purchase. But alas, it was gone🙂 I have sampled some of his incense about couple of ears ago, a vietnamese wood base. They were sour and dry and he told me that they needed aging but of course I couldn’t wait and duly finished them off. They were wonderful. Thanks again.

        • Marian said,

          April 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

          Perhaps you could try contacting I’m again? On the Etsy page it said “custom orders available”. I know he fulfilled orders for the Subitism after they had all been sold so maybe he’ll do the same for these incenses.

    • April 7, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Hi,Hisham,
      He has sold out.I got the message as soon as it was out,I rushed to the site(buy first think later!),and got the last one.They were just whipped up in seconds!!!
      Being hand made,it seems likely there were only a few bunches.
      I only bought one of the 2 that were available due to cost,but asked for samples to be included in my order,and was also very lucky that krayazen said yes!!So am waiting to receive now.
      Have no idea if any good,I am a beginner in Japanese incense so I will see and certainly hope to report back to O.R.S.

  3. Marian said,

    April 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Yes, the Japanese sticks are quite a bit pricier than Indian ones.
    It’s amazing that an incense can transport us to another place😉 I”m so glad you found a “bargain” floral that is able to do that🙂 I hope you find many more.

    • April 4, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Yes,those are special moments.the ‘energy’ effect or this transportation i’m sure is much more than just imagination.I guess that is the addictive aspect of incense buying,still I excuse myself by saying I don’t drink,smoke,take drugs,have holidays,eat out etc.etc.
      Food and incense!!!

      • Marian said,

        April 4, 2015 at 11:47 am

        Sometimes even the name of an incense is so delightful that I can’t resist making a purchase…..🙂

        • April 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

          Oh yes,Me too.Especially Japanese.
          who could resist ‘peaceful blue counds’
          Or ‘forest at midnight'(think I made those up).
          Reminds me of the wonderful Taoist phrases and masters Like ‘Emperor of the purple cloud’ and ‘Hu the empty’.
          I agree.I like incense on the lowest of levels,(a powerful flower scent to cover up the disgusting smells of an Indian dwelling with no plumbing or washing etc.),all the way up.
          For me,incense and (oddly)fruit is a reminder of Gods grace and blessing saying ‘life is pleasurable and delightful,I made life good’.(this is because of my religious experiences I think),but since I had religious experiences,yes,it has been incense and FRUIT.(I think fruit,beautiful colours,sweet and deliscious growing effortlessely saying eat me,enjoy me)is why I think?
          But yes,those magical moments of transcendence or primal connection are wonderful.
          An early experience was with AURA SOMA pomanders,each one I smealt(they are homeopathic aromatherapy-coloured liquid),I immediately connected to that ‘reality’.I smealt the emerald pomander and I was mafically transported to grass,trees,forests,but with a mystery and depth and magic of the depth of what these plants REALLY were.!!
          I feel I can say this to some,others,understandably,think I have a strong imagination or am deluded but hey,It was good for me!!
          I remember once,i was walking home at night with a take away meal and the trees talked to me!!!!(It was an astounding and totally delightful experience I have never forgotten for 30 years.)

  4. Chris said,

    April 3, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Noyhing there. How disappointing.

    • Marian said,

      April 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      You can contact kyarazen and request a custom order.

    • April 4, 2015 at 12:47 am

      I know,there were only a few bundles and they went in seconds.I got the last enko.I asked kindly for any samples and kyarazan said he would include some with my order so I am exceptionally lucky,however I DO find with Tibetan and very very much Japanese needs repeated sticks to really appreciate,but I am grateful.
      I could have bought both that were available but I already have a massive order from essence of ages,so I have to control my addiction otherwise I will be bankrupt!!!
      I WILL report back my findings though,after I receive.
      Cheap and good,the cheapest Florisens.Outstanding for the price,and Shoyeido jewel series,(and angel),quite sepecial.

      • Marian said,

        April 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

        There are some sticks I didn’t enjoy when I first smelled them that now I do, and others that I used to love that I no longer enjoy. I’ve had the same experience with perfumes. The development of our olfactory perception is part of what makes these pursuits so enjoyable.
        Enjoy your continuing explorations and thanks for sharing your “best buys” with us.

  5. April 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you,just got the last one of ENKO.
    NANDAN sounded wonderful with it’s strong ‘unknown’ wood.I love woods expecially a wood I have not tried,recently trying kadamba and palo santo)
    However due to Mikes evil influence I am now hooked on Japanese and Tibetan incense.Tibetan is great,but Japanese could easily bring me to bankruptcy.! Ha.
    But I have found some fantastic cheap Japanese options.
    So now under your influence I have now sent for more.Lovely.

    • Marian said,

      April 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I don’t know how he managed to make such a pleasing incense at such a reasonable price. Please feel comfortable sharing your thoughts about it.
      I tried an earlier version of Nanban that I liked so much I just ordered this current one. Nanban reminded me of some “medical” Tibetan incenses. It contains a huge variety of herbs, woods, and spices. The scent is dense and thick, at times bitter, sharp, dry and stimulating. It is a very warming scent and made me feel quite energetic, but not at all in a frenzied way.
      It’s not the type of scent that I usually burn, but I really enjoyed sitting in the midst of it. I told Kyarazen that it reminded me of Black Tara, and he said that it wasn’t surprising since “Black Tara is the embodiment of power, strength and intensity”. It IS strong and powerful, in the most stimulating and invigorating way!

      Enjoy your incense explorations and please share your thoughts on ORS.

      • April 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm

        Oh,i certainly will.I dunno,so cheaply,I think it was 4g for $35.Is that cheap?I’m not sure,I’m so used to Indian that Japanese costs make my eyes water…However,they certainly are at times olfactory heaven.I just saw a very cheap incense du monde Lilly of the valley.(($4).It has a pleasant but ordinary flower scent,very nice quality,worth such a cheap bargain price but nothing special,so I thought ‘what’s the point?’.Then,it hit me,a floating up of forest green,leaves and stems.I was immediately transported,magical.


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