Kyoto ware incense box in shape of crouching rabbit. Stoneware with enamels over clear glaze. Nonomura Ninsei, active ca. 1646-77. Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Japan. Gift of Charles Lang Freer . Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Kōdō (香道, "Way of Incense")Incense burning is an example of Geido (art), aimed at enjoying incense while meditating in a quiet world away from the pressures of daily life, and to appreciate the fragrance rising from Koboku (fragrant wood) burned ("taku" in Japanese) according to traditional rituals.