The sights and sounds (and smells) of summer in Japan

25/08/2014

misora katori

When you think of summer in Japan, the sound of cicadas constantly chirping will often come screaming back to you. But another thing I associate with Japan is the smell of katori senkō or mosquito-repellent incense. It was recently found to be one of the top 10 souvenirs that foreigners like taking home with them from Japan. Not only do they give your home a nostalgically Japanese smell, they also keep those pesky mosquitoes away. The most poplar holder for the incense coil is the pictured ceramic pig. A great gift to take home. If you can fit it in your luggage.

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