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Rikkoku Set - Six Countries
The traditional Japanese classification of Aloeswood

Rikkoku literally translates as the "Six Countries of Aloeswood". This Rikkoku Set represents the "Six Countries" of aloeswood as personally selected over twenty years ago by the Headmaster of the Suifu-ryu Kodo School in Kyushu, Japan.

Within each classification of the aloeswood is a quality (taste) used to classify the aloeswood aroma:
Resembles the smell of honey or concentrated sugar.
Resembles the smell of plums or other acidic foods.
Resembles the smell of red peppers when put in a fire.
Resembles the smell of a towel after wiping perspiration from the brow or the lingering smell of ocean water when seaweed is dried on a fire.
Resembles the smell of bitter herbal medicine when it is mixed or boiled.
*From "The Book of Incense," written by Kiyoko Morita. This book is listed in our book section and can be purchased through
Rikkoku Set - Six Countries
This elegant Rikkoku set is from Baieido Japanese Incense in Osaka Japan. The silk brocade covered box is handmade and measures 7" wide by 5 1/2" deep and is 3" high. The box contains three drawers and within those drawers are the 'Six Countries' of aloeswood:
Rikkoku Kyara
Kyara kanji
KYARA: This is the most famous and well known of all Aloes wood some believe to come from either Vietnam or Cambodia. Kyara is a particular odor described as:

"A gentle and dignified smell with a touch of bitterness. The fragrance is like an aristocrat in its elegance and gracefulness."

Quantity: 1 gram.
Rakoku Aloeswood
Rakoku kanji

RAKOKU: "A sharp and pungent smell similar to sandalwood. Its smell is generally bitter, and reminds one of a warrior."

Quantity: 5 grams.

Rikkoku Manaka Aloeswood
Manaka kanji

MANAKA: "Smells light and enticing, changing like the mood of a woman with bitter feelings."

None of the five qualities (tastes) are easily detectable. The fragrance is of good quality if it disappears quickly.

Quantity: 5 grams.

Rikkoku Manaban Aloeswood
Manaban kanji

MANABAN: Mostly sweet. The presence of sticky oil on a mica piece is often a sign that the fragrance is Manaban.

"The smell is coarse and unrefined, just like that of a peasant."

Quantity: 5 grams.

Sumotara Aloeswood
Sumotara kanji

SUMOTARA: Sour at the beginning and end. Sometimes mistaken for Kyara, it has something, however, "distasteful and ill-bred about it, like a servant disguised as a noble person."

Quantity: 5 grams.

Sasora Aloeswood
Sasora kanji

SASORA: Cool and sour. Good-quality Sasora is mistaken for Kyara, especially when it first begins to burn. Sometimes it is so light and faint that one may think the smell has disappeared. "It reminds one of a monk."

Quantity: 5 grams.

This set, which contains the brocade box and all six types of aloeswood, normally ships in 4 to 6 weeks after ordering.

NOTE: The price on this item is not guaranteed - it is market value based and may be more or less than the price shown at the time of ordering.




Baieido Rikkoku Aloeswood Set


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Last updated: April 22, 2017
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