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


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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