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Daihatsu Japanese Incense

The founder of the Daihatsu brand, Tetsuzan Shimomura, was originally trained in Sakai (Osaka), which has been the traditional centre of incense manufacture since the end of the 16th century and now accounts for 70% of Japan's total production. Tetsuzan Shimomura founded the company there in 1936, then moved it to the nearby island of Awaji, eventually renaming it Daihatsu after the World War. Many incense producers are based on this island, where the strong westerly winds are ideal for drying incense sticks.

The Daihatsu company claims to have been the first to introduce Western fragrances to blends, which at the time consisted solely of aromatic woods and plants.

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