Monthly Spirit

December 2007

Incense

 

Incense © Aris dervis 2006 Japanese incense at a  temple in Kyoto, Japan

© Aris Dervis

 

This photograph was taken at a temple in Kyoto, Japan. Here is a quote from the Japanese Incense website.

"It begins under the flower of peace,
before the fall of the plum blossoms,
before monks burning incense in Japanese temples,
before the risings scents from scented kimono sleeves
mixed with the fragrant incense of natural pine, cedar, lavender
and the flowers of the sun."

Here is an undated memorial poem by Kan Po.

'"I breathe in the cool incense smoke from the metal brazier,
While thinking about a poem for my dear friend Lu Wa.
My sandalwood-hearted companion spits out plum blossoms of smoke,
Looking like the cloudy fog of the other world.
Perhaps it's the soul of my friend the old mountain man
In the smoke's dense patterns?"

Incense has long been used for spiritual purposes, as medicine, and in old Japan as a measurement of time in the geisha houses.

Incense is available as a 8x10 print, t-shirt, greeting card or candle.

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