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It is a slow, sensory appreciation of incense; the art of scent as an aesthetic experience.
While traditionally used during religious and spiritual practices, incense became seen as a symbol of sophistication and artistic expression.
Incense became popular among Heian courtiers, who took pleasure in scenting palaces with exquisite aromas.
Small pieces of fragrant wood were burned to welcome and entertain guests, and to heighten the mood during social occasions.
While Heian courtiers may have fine-tuned the art of sensory pleasure, the practice of soradaki lives on today whenever you use incense to enhance a moment, an experience, or an encounter.
Soradaki is the art of appreciating incense, noticing the subtleties and nuances of the scent as it unfurls and drifts through the air, bringing beauty to an otherwise ordinary moment.
To source the finest incense for Appellation's Soradaki collection, we travelled to Japan to meet with the ko-shi, or the "fragrance masters" of Awaji island.