Eriyo Watanabe established the Center for Arts and Wellness in Tokyo in 2003. She has taught Japanese Incense Ceremony in a contemporary style and is a well-known artist for her original blended incense using carefully selected ingredients. In the past 5years, she has given lectures on the history and culture of Incense from various places in the world. In Japan, she has offered Incense Seminars at the Embassy of Egypt, Embassy of Oman, The International House of Japan, Urasenke Tokyo Dojo, SHISEIDO, Firmenich, Estee Lauder, KIRIN and Hyatt Regency Kyoto. Her Japanese Calligraphy Workshop for foreign students is very popular too.
She holds a Master's Degree from Lesley University. With her love of Japanese Art Forms, not only Incense Ceremony but also Tea Ceremony and Japanese Calligraphy as well as Japanese Traditional Performing Arts such as Bunraku and Noh, she has offered unique workshops for many years.
Her background is international and multi-cultural. She grew up in Japan and lived in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Boston for 10 years. She has traveled to 50 countries in order to explore music, dance and rituals throughout the world. Because of her travels and international experience, she actively interweaves the essence of various cultures into her programs.
In 2011, the Incense Research Institute (IRI) was established with support of Prof. Ryohei Kanzaki of Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo and Mr. Kunihiro Nishizawa of Nikkei BP. IRI has been organizing various seminars and workshops in Tokyo.
The Japanese Culture Programs and Stress Management Programs are very unique and popular. Because of the tragedy of the earthquake in Japan on March 11 in 2011, there has been an increasing demand to offer Stress Management Programs.
Founder and Director
Center for Arts and Wellness (CAW)
Incense Research Institute (IRI)
#301, 3-20-15, Tsurumaki, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo