Hi guys! This is TIMOTHEVS! Hi guys! This is TIMOTHEVS! Welcome to my video on incense sticks! I also made video on resin incense, another
one on incense cones and another one on incense coils, so if you are interested in one of
those, click on the links down in the description below. so if you are interested in one of
those, click on the links down in the description below. In this video I’ll be talking about the difference
between Indian incense sticks and Japanese incense sticks. Alright, let’s have a look! Let’s start off with the Japanese incense
sticks. If you burn incense frequently, you can keep
your favourite kind in an incense holder, or senkō tate 線香立て in Japanese. This type of tripod incense burner is called
kōro 香炉 in Japanese. It’s also used in many other East-Asian
countries. In the chopsticks countries basically:
Japan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea etc., though materials and decoration vary
among these countries. It’s typically filled with ash, but you
can use sand too. If you don’t have a tripod incense burner,
you can always use one of these simple incense stick holders. They often come with the incense sticks. To get rid of the remnants of the incense you burnt previously,
you can use one of these sieves. If you want to go all the way, you can use
one of these little rakes…to make the sand all “zen”. Okay, let’s light the incense. I’m using a candle, but if you’re using matches
you can use one of these macchi keshi マッチ消し to discard your matches. One of the most common types of incense in
Japan is byakudan 白檀 or Indian sandal wood. One of the most common types of incense in
Japan is byakudan 白檀 or Indian sandal wood. Now in general, the nice thing about Japanese-style
incense sticks is that they don’t have a wooden or bamboo core, so there is no extra smoke. In general, they also have a very subtle smell. If you want to purchase this type of incense,
I advise you to look at the box and make sure it says “Made in Japan”. There is some variation in quality obviously,
but I’ve tried dozens of Japanese brands and they were all pretty decent. If you’re buying the Chinese version of
this type of incense, there is more of a risk. I’m sure there are excellent ones out there
too, but I’ve come across some very low quality ones that smelled just nasty. In Tibet, a similar type of incense sticks
is used, but they are usually a bit thicker I think. There are several types of burners for Indian-style
incense sticks. The simplest one is probably the type that
consists of nothing more than a wooden plank with a little hole in it. That type, as well as the box type shown here,
is commonly found in western countries. On Hindu home altars, brass incense stick
holders seem to be more common. Most of them have this little opening at the
bottom, where you can keep the incense sticks when not in use. Unfortunately, I don’t currently own an Indian
stype oil lamp, or ghee lamp, so this candle will have to do. You can burn the incense stick like this,
or you can close the lid, which also looks pretty cool. Sandal wood is also one of the most common
fragrances for this type of incense sticks, but there is a greater variety when it comes
to quality. Some are absolutely superb, but if you are
unlucky you can end up with some that smell kind of unhealthy. Compared to Japanese incense sticks, Indian
ones have a more intense fragrance, so if you are burning it in a small or medium size
room, even if you have a window open, an entire incense stick may actually be too much. Well,
it is for me anyway, so I usually end up putting it out halfway through. I think one of the causes for this stronger
smell is the wood or bamboo inside. The bamboo has no function as far the fragrance
goes, but it does burn, so it creates all this extra smoke. In general, Japanese incense sticks are easier
on the lungs as they have a more subtle smell. I hope you enjoyed the video and if you did,
please like, comment, share and subscribe! Also, don’t forget to check out my videos
were I talk about other kinds of incense. This was TIMOTHEVS, thanks for watching!

How to burn incense ❷/❺ Stick incense: The difference between Japanese & Indian incense sticks

13 thoughts on “How to burn incense ❷/❺ Stick incense: The difference between Japanese & Indian incense sticks

  • December 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I have one of those metal incense bowls, with a wire insert with a little bird on top, that I got, probably, at an estate sale. I could never figure out how to use it. It never occurred to me to put sand in it. THANKS!
    By the way, if you can't get white sand (from the garden center) this time of year, table salt works just fine.
    I generally get my Indian style incense from Pure Incense in London. It's almost certainly the best Indian style incense in the world, specifically made for religious use. Of course, being the quality is so high, it's on the seriously pricey side. As for Japanese Incense in the U.S., you can't beat Japan Incense, the mail order operation of Kohshi in San Francisco. I get my Tibetan incense from Incense-Traditions in Canada. They carry a wide range of Tibetan and Bhutanese brands.

  • January 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I honestly though you were pewdiepie….

  • March 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    How come every time I burn my incense I don't smell the scent that I can smell on the stick but I only smell smoke (kind of like cigarette smoke)

  • April 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Beautiful. 🙂

  • May 4, 2017 at 2:29 am

    i followed you on facebook i admire you and your a blessing and i hope to hear from you soon my favorite insence is lavender and im half japanese

  • June 13, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I am indian and we use marble incense stick holders for spiritual cleansing and for religious rituals.

  • July 30, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Where do you get a Japanese incense kit like this? With the burning bowl with sand, incense holder, candle and matches jar?

  • December 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for showing!

  • March 11, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Location/Link of that Japanese Incenses set ?

  • July 22, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Nice video, but historically India also used bowl with ash (outside temples & for homes). It was during late medieval period varies decorative incense holders came to be used for dhoop (cone incense) and sticks 🙂

  • August 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the video, I'd like to ask you something! I recently tried out some Stamford sticks, but I was kind of disappointed… They smelled nice before I lit them, but when I started burning them they began smelling more like the regular smoke you'd get from a fire. It was pretty nasty to breathe. I've tried two scents so far, Cinnamon and Vanilla, both gave similar results. Is Stamford not a good brand? Could the sticks be too old? Did I do something wrong…? Really sad, because I heard so many amazing things about them, so I bought the big packs. Would love to hear from you.

  • March 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Had no idea I can use sand. Thank you

  • April 22, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Is there a danger of burning it?


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