Nippon Kodo’s devotion to making fine incense follows a long and honoured tradition that started more than 400 years ago and can be traced back to Jyuemon Takai, better known as Koju, a skilled artisan in the art and the principal provider of precious rare and exquisite aromas to the Emperor of Japan and his Court.
Many of pleasing and enduring high-quality incense fragrances, which the company continues to produce to this day, are based on the original formulas created by Koju and later by Yujiro Kito, who was hailed as the genius of fragrance during the Meiji restoration period in the 19th century - around the time that Japan opened its doors to the world and began to modernise itself.
Brought to Japan in the eighth century by Buddhist monks, who used the mystical aromas in their religious ceremonies, “Koh,” as incense is called in Japanese, passed into the realm of aristocracy centuries later as a source of amusement and enlightenment as they “listened to the fragrance” in their parlour games.
It wasn’t until the 14th century in the Muromachi Era that incense reached the hight of its poplularity with the upper and middle classes of Japanese society, who used it as a mark of distinction and sophistication and to dispel unpleasant odours. It was around this time that samurai warriors began perfuming their helmets and amor with incense before going into battle as they prepared to meet their fate.
Now, incense promises to become even more acceptable and desirable as a new dimension in gracious living that opens up a whole new world of spiritual awareness and understanding.
Present and Future Plans
As we focus on an expanding global market for our products, our aim continues to be to grow a new fragrance culture that will be attractive to people in all walks of life in different countries all over the world. In doing so, our objective will not be to simply export our home-produced incense overseas, but to make as wide a variety of products as we please the individual needs and tastes of many people in all parts of our world.
We will continue to send our experts to locate and harvest the rare aromatic woods and other raw materials and ingredients needed to make our incense, and then have them processed by hand and by machine by our mater craftsmen and experts in our eight factories in Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Our company’s main office in our building in Ginza district Tokyo is in constant communication with other subsidiaries and affiliates all over the world as we continue to diversify and expand our operations to bring our incense products to an ever increasing clientele of loyal and satisfied wholesalers, retailers and end users.
Official Distributor in Malaysia & Singapore
Konwill Enterprise Sdn Bhd was incorporated in Malaysia on the 3rd February 1992 . It is a private company limited by shares under The Companies Act 1965 of Malaysia.
The Mission Statement of Konwill Enterprise Sdn Bhd is “To distribute the finest quality natural products, recognizes the central role that business plays in the structure of society by continuous improving the quality of life of ourselves and the community locally and internationally. To manage the company on a sound financial basis of profitable growth, creating opportunities and personal growth for our employees and business partners”
In the year 2000, the company was granted the sole and exclusive distribution rights by Nippon Kodo Co. Ltd, Japan to develop the Malaysia Market for Nippon Kodo Aromatic Quality Incense. The distribution rights were further extended to include the Singapore market in 2005.
Konwill Enterprise Sdn Bhd is committed to continuous improvement of our products and services for the betterment of our stakeholders.