Asakusa Buddhist Temple Giant Incense Burner

A short clip of people (including Yumiko and Emily) using the giant incense burner (koro) located in front of the Buddhist temple at Asakusa, Japan.

Incense burning censors have been used for centuries in Japan where incense has played an important part in both religious and secular life. The Japanese incense ceremony called kodo is less well known than the Japanese tea ceremony though many consider the incense ceremony more refined and harder to master than the art of tea. Incense was introduced into Japan along with Buddhist during the 6th century where it was quickly adopted for use with Japan’s native religion, Shinto. Japanese incense burners range in style and size from small, unobtrusive bowls to ornate works of art in metal or ceramic.


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