devotion to making fine incense follows a long and honored tradition
that started more than 400 years ago and can be traced back to
Jyuemon Takai, better known as Koju, a skilled artisan in the
art and the principal provider of precious rare and exquisite
aromas to the Emperor of Japan and his Court.
Many of those
pleasing and enduring high-quality incense fragrances, which
the company continues to produce to this day, are based on the
original formulas created by Koju and later by Yujiro Kito, who
was hailed as the genius of fragrance during the Meiji restoration
period in the 19th century - around the time that Japan opened
its doors to the world and began to modernize itself.