The “Ten Virtues of Koh” is a list of the benefits derived from the use of incense. These Ten Virtues have been passed down from the fifteenth century (the Muromach Era) and are still cited today as uniquely capturing the spirit of Koh.
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感格鬼神: It brings communication with the transcendent
清浄心身: It purifies mind and body
能除汚穢: It removes uncleanliness
能覚睡眠: It keeps one alert
静中成友: It can be a companion in the midst of solitude
塵裡偸閑: In the midst of busy affairs, it brings a moment of peace
多而不厭: When it is plentiful, one never tires of it
寡而為足: When there is little, still one is satisfied
久蔵不朽: Age does not change its efficacy
常用無障: Used everyday, it does no harm
After these Ten Virtues were established, Koh gradually evolved away
from the sophisticated elegance of the courtier and acquired the
character of a discipline, the way of Koh (Koh- Do).