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Volume 44 , Issue 2
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Special Issue (Consider the changing times by knowing the scent of traditional Japanese)
  • Takashi IWAHASHI
    Volume 44 (2013) Issue 2 Pages 115
    Released: October 11, 2017
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  • Masaaki MITSUI
    Volume 44 (2013) Issue 2 Pages 116-124
    Released: October 11, 2017
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    The person distinguishes a fragrance by sense of smell and does life wealthily.

    I catch a thing in the five organs of sense (eyes, ear, nose, tongue, the body). I watch a thing with eyes and taste it with a tongue to hear a sound with an ear and touch it by hand and feel form and hardness and heat by the feel. However, it is said that the sense of smell evolves among the five organs of sense least. The fragrance cannot touch that I look either. The world of the fragrance exists in the sensitivity of the person.

    This shows that it is infinite. The Japanese completed the culture of this fragrance as accomplishments. This is incense smelling. The incense was conveyed as perfume in the West. The incense was conveyed through a scented wood in the Orient. This article introduces a general view of the incense smelling that has been devised through the history and literature about the incense smelling and the pleasure of the four seasons.

    The significant culture about the fragrance was included in the incense smelling that ancient people left mentally materially; is. I know the incense smelling so that we understand incense smelling definitely, and it is important that I experience it and am interested.

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  • Eriyo WATANABE
    Volume 44 (2013) Issue 2 Pages 125-132
    Released: October 11, 2017
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    In order to make the best use of efficacy of incense called the ten virtues of koh which has been passed down among masters of Japanese incense ceremony, the Incense Research Institute (IRI) offers Japanese incense ceremony in a contemporary style and workshops to make various incense items such as neri-koh and kyphi for well-being.

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  • Toshio HASEGAWA
    Volume 44 (2013) Issue 2 Pages 133-140
    Released: October 11, 2017
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    Incense is central to traditional fragrance in Japanese culture. Many materials with unique characteristic odors, such as sandalwood, are used in incense. Although the constituent odor compounds have been extensively studied, the aroma profiles of the materials are not fully understood. We have analyzed three aspects of the aroma profiles of Japanese incense materials : (1) the dependence of aroma profiles on the extraction method ; (2) the classification of the constituent odor compounds of the materials ; and (3) the time-dependence of the odors of the materials.

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  • Ryoichi KOMAKI
    Volume 44 (2013) Issue 2 Pages 141-148
    Released: October 11, 2017
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    The name of ambergris gets the French word “amber gris”, meaning grey amber. This has been used for medicines and raw materials of perfumes since ancient times. It was unclear where ambergris comes from. At the beginning of 20th century the beaks of squids and cuttlefishes contained in ambergris represented the possibility of the results from a pathological condition of the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus. The analysis of ambergris showed the main constituents of ambrein and epicoprosterine.

    For the perfumery use, it can be macerated in ethyl alcohol for over 6 months. This tincture generates a certain amount of odoriferous chemicals such as tetranorlabdan oxide and ambrinol.

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