Eriyo Watanabe

Specially-appointed Professor at Nihon Pharmaceutical University

Founder and Director of Incense Research Institute (IRI)

Eriyo Watanabe, an experienced master of incense, has been offering Japanese incense ceremony for 16 years.  She is also a well-known artist for her original blended incense using carefully selected ingredients.  Her signature incense is fermented lotus incense that was invented by her, using Japanese lotus flowers.  


She grew up in Japan and lived in London, Paris, Hong Kong, New York and Boston for 10 years.  And she has travelled to 51 countries in order to explore arts and cultures.Her profound knowledge and cosmopolitan way of thinking were cultivated through her education at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Holistic Health.  


She has given lectures on the history of incense and workshops at Embassies of Egypt and Oman, Urasenke School, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama International School in Japan as well as Embassy of Japan in India.  She has also offered corporate training programs at SHISEIDO, ESTEE LAUDER, KIRIN, Unilever, Firmenich and Hyatt Regency Kyoto among others.  


Since 2022, she started teaching online course for certified incense specialist training in English for foreigners.



■Her recent two interview articles:



Eriyo Watanabe

Founder and Director

Center for Arts and Wellness (CAW)

Incense Research Institute (IRI)

#301, 3-20-15, Tsurumaki, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

154-0016 Japan

tel: 080-6552-4709