Eriyo Watanabe

Specially Appointed Professor at Nihon Pharmaceutical University

Founder and Director of Incense Research Institute (IRI)

Eriyo Watanabe is the international master of incense and multi-talented expert on incense.  She has offered Japanese incense ceremony in English, using the highest quality of agarwood called “kyara" in her original style for mindfulness and self-awareness.  And she is a well-known artist for her original blended incense using carefully selected ingredients. In the past 15 years, she has given lectures on the history and culture of Incense from various places in the world.


She invented fermented incense by using the stamen and pistil of Japanese lotus flowers in 2019.   The fragrance is enchanting and her private session of incense ceremony of appreciating the aroma of lotus incense is getting very popular for foreigners.  


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, Unilever and Hyatt Regency Kyoto.  


She studied expressive arts therapy and 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, New York, Hong Kong and Boston for 10 years. She has traveled to 51 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 by her 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.


Her recent interview article:



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

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