(Ku-me-koh) are the
incense games played during a Kodo ceremony. These games are a fun and
enjoyable way to experience the pleasures of incense with your friends and
There are almost limitless variations of
to enjoy within the Kodo style of incense burning. Traditional Kodo includes the burning of three to six types of raw aloeswood, and
incense games are often based on seasonal themes, history, classic
poetry, or travel.
Kodo, the term “listening to incense” is used and symbolizes the attention
and mindfulness paid to each fragrant wood in the ceremony.
idea of all of these incense games is to enjoy the process of listening to each
These are not contests but simply methods for enjoying the fragrances and
reawakening our sense of smell.
There are no winners or losers in Kodo, just the simple elegance of enjoying
Here we introduce three Incense Games anyone can enjoy. Click on each
title for instructions.