Incense is a fact of daily life here. You can't walk in the city (except maybe in the middle of one of the bridges over the Perfume River) without smelling it or seeing it lit in a small altar or on sale in a shop. You may also see it spread out to dry. I was a bit surprised at how incense is made. The part that burns actually starts out as some sort of dough that is rolled onto a stick. There's a video of this process below. I had better get used to the smell of incense, because the sons bought a large pack of one kind that I imagine will last them for a while once they get home to start using it.