Mr. Souhitsu Hachiya KODO Lecture & Workshop21 May 2017

The way of Incense -Listening to Incense-

Sunday 21 May 2017
Concertgebouw Amsterdam Pleinfoyer
17:00 -19:00 (Doors Open 16:30)
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KODO The way of Incense 香の道

ゲストルームIncense was first introduced to Japan from China in the sixth century A.D. as an accessory for Buddhism. Incense (a mixture of several chipped aromatic materials) was burnt both as an offering and for religious purification. During both the Nara (A.D.710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods, the Chinese influence on the lives of the Japanese aristocracy was profound. While retaining the use of incense in the religious ceremonies, the aristo crats enjoyed a new pastime of blending powdered aromatic ingredients according to recipes imported from China. They soon discovered they could modify the Chinese recipes to create their own blends. They also came to enjoy other uses of incense such as incense comparison contests and using incense to scent their rooms and garments. None of the aromatic woods or spices used as ingredients for incense originate in Japan, but rather are found in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Japan must import these raw materials, and through skills refined over the centuries, transform them into the products we refer to as Japanese incense, or Koh. The Japanese connoisseurs of Koh refer to the appreciation of incense as listening to incense, particularly when appreciating the pure incense wood. One may easily understand why we use the term “listen” instead of “smell” once one experiences the exquisite and subtle fragrance of the aromatic wood known in Japanese as Jin-koh, or simply Jin, meaning “sinking-in-water” incense. Although not all Jin-koh sinks in water, incense wood that is not oily or resinous enough to float may be less aromatic and thus of less value. No one really knows what gives Jin-ko hits aromatic properties, but it is believed that some biochemical change occurs in certain species of trees in the process of decaying. It was during the Muromachi period (1333-1573) that the social elite of the time ‒ warriors and male aristocrats ‒ often conducted incense appreciation gatherings to improve their aesthetic senses. They enjoyed the fragrance produced by a small piece of heated (not burned) incense wood according to set rules and principles. This set the stage for the establishment of Koh-do, popularly known as the incense ceremony, but more literally the Way of Incense, or incense appreciationflower arrangement, who asked his trusted vassal Shino So shinto evaluate and classify all of the incense available. So shin classified all the various incense woods and set up a series of rules for incense appreciation with the advice of Sanjonishi Sanetaka, an eminent scholar, poet, and minister under the shogun who was in charge of all matters relating to incense in the imperial court.


Mr. Souhitsu Hachiya 志野流香道 蜂谷宗苾氏 香道家元後継者

ゲストルーム Born 1975, Nagoya JAPAN. He is the oldest son of SougenHachiya, the 20th generations master of Shino-ryu (The Shino School of Incense ”Kodo”), the style of Kodo that has been passed down for over 500 years since the Muromachi-period (1336-1573). The school was established in 1478.
He started to study manners of Kodo, Sado(tea ceremony) and Syodo (calligraphy) from 6 years old. In June 2002, he began studying “Zen” under the venerable great monk GyokudoIzumidaat Daitoku-ji’s Shogen-in.
In 2004 he received the name “Isshiken” and the Buddhist name “Souhitsu” from Master Gyokudo, and was appointed the 21st successor of Shino-ryu.
He is currently teaching at all Shino schools in Japan, cultural centers, schools abroad, as well as giving lectures at universities in order to spread awareness and share his insight. Additionally, he is actively working on a tree-planting program in Vietnam to preserve the now scarce “fragrant trees” for later generations. He holds lectures about these kinds of environmental programs under the title of “Kankyo-do” (Way of the Environment). He is also a guest lecturer at Ikenobo College. EDUCATION:1991-1995 RyukokuUniversity -Buddhism- (Kyoto, JAPAN)
PRACTICE RELIGIOUS AUSTERITIES:2002-2003 DaitokujiTemple ”Syougenin”
ACTING ON BEHALF OF THR JAPANESE AGENCY FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS 2009/09/30 –2010/03/23 (France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Finland, Bahrain, USA, China)

生年月日 1975年5月28日 愛知県名古屋市生まれ

Event Information


Japanese KODO master Souhitsu hachiya is designed head master of the 21st generation of Shino-Ryu, one of the two largest KODO schools in Japan.
He will give lecture and workshop by performing traditional incense ceremony at the Pleinfoyer, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
KODO, the art of appreciating incense, is considered one of the three classic arts of refinement in Japan, along with Kado, dedicated to flower arrangement, and Sado for tea.
Master Hachiya said Kado is the way to communicate with nature, and when we smell the fragrant wood gently warmend by the chacoal we should try to listen to the Incense as well.

17:00-17:50 Lecture
17:50-18:00 Intermission
18:00-18:50 Workshop
※It's not allowed to put hand-cream with fragrance and perfume on the day as the smell of incense is very sensitive. 

※Please purchase the tickets in advance as we don't sell tickts on the day.
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※It's not allowd to entree under 12.



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