A long-established Shoyeido (Kyoto city) opened a facility “Kunju-kan” where you can experience the Japanese scent at the adjacent place of the Kyoto head office.
You can scrap valuable natural fragrances, learn the process of incense production.
Acquired a building constructed in 1959 by Yasu Nakagawa (now the predecessor of Alfressa) of a drug wholesaler.
While making full use of the original appearance, the first and second floors were renovated to experience facilities and the fifth floor to halls.
The third and fourth floors are used as offices.
At about 445 square meters on the first floor, you can experience the scent of five kinds of raw materials such as musk and cinnamon in the container, or enjoy the warm smell by putting your head in the box hung from the ceiling.
You can also learn about the manufacturing process of the incense stick of a century ago by model. They also have a gallery.
The second floor has 20 seats of chairs and tables and hosts events such as experiences of the tea ceremony and Kodo. There are also exhibition rooms such as art objects aiming for opening within the year.
The 5th floor is a hall with an area of about 130 square meters and will be used as a place to interact with lectures and events.
The first floor of the main store also expanded the area by 1.7 times to about 160 square meters. In addition to establishing a space for demonstration of the manufacturing process etc., I made it possible to connect directly to the Kunju-Kan (Hall) and move directly.
Masataka Hata, president, said, “I got a Japanese scented wonderland, I hope the fragrance will encounter with the senses.”
The experience facility on the first floor is from 10 am to 17 pm (irregular holiday). Available for free.http://www.kunjyukan.jp/