Shoyeido

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Shoyeido (Japanese: 松榮堂、松栄堂 Hepburn: Shōeidō?) is the oldest traditional Japanese incense company, established more than 300 years ago, producing high quality, natural incense. The company is based in Kyoto.[1]

Name[edit]

Shōeidō written in kanji

The name "Shoyeido" (Shōeidō) is derived from the three characters Shō, Ei, and Dō.

  • Shō means "Pine tree"
  • Ei is the ancient sound meaning "Prosperity"
  • is a store or company.

The Shō is from the traditional Sho Chiku Bai trio of shō (松 pine tree), chiku (竹 bamboo) and bai (梅 plum tree), which are used as a traditional Japanese grading system, to represent varying degrees of quality. In this grading system, shō represents the highest grade or quality.

Stores[edit]

Shoyeido has 7 retail stores. There are two in Kyōto, three in Tōkyō, one in Sapporo, and one in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Incense[edit]

Shoyeido carries several series of incense. The two main series are the "Daily Incense" series (京線香 Kyō-senkō?) and the "Premium Incense" series (高級線香 Kōkyū-senkō?). The following tables are ordered from least expensive to most expensive.

Half-size boxes: Sei-fū, Haku-un, Kyō-zakura, Kin-kaku
Premium incense: Matsu-no-tomo, Ōja-kō, Kyō-jiman, Shun-yō, Mishō
Daily Incense (京線香 Kyō-senkō?)
English Japanese Romaji
Great Origin 大元香 Daigen-kō
Eternal Treasure 寶永香 Hōei-kō
Orchid 蘭華 Ranka
Kyoto Autumn Leaves 京にしき Kyō-nishiki
Moss Garden のきば Nokiba
Golden Pavilion 金閣 Kin-kaku
Kyoto Cherry Blossom 京桜 Kyō-zakura
Five Hills 五山 Go-zan
White Cloud 白雲 Haku-un
Circle 円明 En-mei
Fresh Breeze 清風 Sei-fū
Low smoke series
Silhouette ほのか Honoka
Gossamer かすみ Kasumi
Illusions おぼろ Oboro
Premium Incense (高級線香 Kōkyū-senkō?)
English Japanese Romaji
Friend of Pine 松の友 Matsu-no-tomo
King's Aroma 王奢香 Ōja-kō
Pride of Kyoto 京自慢 Kyō-jiman
Beckoning Spring 春陽 Shun-yō
Gentle Smile 微笑 Mishō
Southern Wind 南薫 Nan-kun
Refinement 雅芳 Ga-hō
Five Clouds 五雲 Go-un
Infinity 妙芳 Myō-hō
Translucent Path 正覚 Shō-kaku

See also[edit]

  • Kōdō (Japanese Incense Ceremony)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company History". Shoyeido Incense Company. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 

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