Enjoy the summertime with an original product of Japan to protect yourself from mosquitos.
During the summertime in Japan you will commonly see coiled incense burning in houses and hotels and this delightful scent isn’t just for “Omotenashi” (Japanese hospitality).
The spiral shaped incense is called “Katori-Senko” and is used as a mosquito repellent. You might think that it’s dangerous for your health but it’s completely toxin-free and protects us from those aggravating mosquitos.
Katori-Senko doesn’t use electricity and is commonly used for camping and outdoor activities because of its portability.
Easy to use, it’s placed on a plate or a special container called a “Kayariki,” lit at one end, and left to smolder for up to 8 hours. There are various shapes of Kayariki and the pig shape is most popular as Japanese people often associate the two together.
Katori-Senko most often reminds us of summer and some people say it reminds them of their grand parents house because of summer vacations when they were kids. It is not only a handy item for summer but it also brings back school day memories for most people.
How about picking one up as a souvenir?