"In the year 538 c.e. Buddhism was first introduced into Japan. Along with it across the ocean came statues of Buddhas, ancient Sutras, as well as incense. From that moment on, incense has been an inseparable part of Japanese history. Incense holds an invaluable role in Buddhist ceremonies and rites as well as in those of the Shinto shrines. Purifying the surroundings, it is reputed to be a method of bringing forth the Buddhist Alamkaraka (Realm of Adornment). Its use spread throughout the country for its purifying as well as medicinal properties.