Wear your love of a certain Japanese scent on your sleeve.
Midsummer in Japan is certainly not known for its good smells, and if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can sometimes get awful. It would certainly be nice to carry a little whiff of more temperate times and places wherever you go.
This is the idea behind Kaoru, the new line from watchmaker Maruzeki. The watches are available in seven basic colors, each with a rubber band impregnated with one of the seven typical Japanese scents.
The Sakura watch has an elegant floral scent that hints at the burst of life that occurs in spring cherry blossoms, while the Matcha watch is a more refined and mature scent with a bitter undertone reminiscent of a relaxing cup of green tea or even matcha ice cream.
A strong smell of pine can be found in the Hinoki (Japanese cypress). It’s a relaxing smell that some say can keep insects away. There is probably no insect repellent benefit with the Tsubaki look, however, whose inviting floral aroma of Japanese Camellia is incredibly appealing. The Yuzu The watch has an invigorating citrus scent to lift your spirits with a sweet and sour aroma often used to make baths more refreshing.
The Waboku watch smells like a type of ink block used in Japanese calligraphy and can have a very nostalgic effect on people who went to school here. The Jinko (Incense) contains the complex yet pleasant smell of burning agarwood as incense, giving an almost transcendent feeling of being in a temple or shrine.
It’s better than a pile of trash around the corner on a hot summer day, isn’t it?
As well as personal relief on hot, hectic days, these watches can make great souvenirs for those who want to take a piece of Japan home with them or great gifts for people in other countries where they can’t. easily smell some of these aromas. That’s probably why Maruzeki has teamed up with Japan Post, where Kaoru watches can also be purchased, and packs them in a nice gift box.
The basic watches cost 3,200 yen ($24) each, but variants with special faces are also available for a range of additional prices, such as a maneki neko for 3,600 yen ($27) or Doraemon for 4,400 yen ( $33).
▼ Reflect on spiritual matters with this combination of a sunrise over a wave-swept scene of Mount Fuji complemented by the smell of burning incense.
▼ Wear a little Japanese spring wherever you go while looking a maiko ride through a scattering of cherry blossoms in Kyotoand feel it too!
▼ The refinement of Tokyo can be captured in this colorful gaze on its horizon while enjoying the pungent smell of hinoki wood.
▼ The Osaka The watch is, perhaps rightly, a chaotic hodgepodge of symbols like the takoyaki, the Tsutenkaku tower, and various Osakan dialect phrases. This one is scented with waboku ink, because why not?
Keep in mind that these scent and face pattern combinations are not fixed and may change depending on when and where you purchase the watch. For example, the Maruzeki site now offers Tokyo watches with yuzu scent and a maiko watch that smells like tsubaki flowers.
Regardless of the style of the watch, the timing mechanisms were all made by Seiko Epson, and all other parts, from the rubber to the aromas, were made in Japan, making these watches as Japanese as it gets. So buy one yourself via Maruzeki or Japan Post online stores and arm yourself against the fish markets and sweaty trains of summer.
Source: PR Times, Maruzeki, Japan Post
Images: PR Times
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