In my July 16 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about mosquito coils, which were actually invented in Japan, and promised to show you some of the holders used when burning them. I couldn’t resist the photo above, not just because the guy looks like such a character but also because it’s a great example of someone using a portable mosquito coil burner –the round get-up hanging from his belt. That’s a 携帯用 (keitaiyō, portable) or 吊り下げ (tsurisage, hanging) type holder.
For some reason I can’t quite suss out, holders in the shape of pigs are perennial favorites.
I prefer ones that are little more stylish, like these iron holders:
These glass ones have a refreshing look:
Mosquito coils are called 蚊取り線香 katori senkō in Japan and are widely available in supermarkets, drug stores, garden centers and even convenience stores.
Amazon Japan carries a good selection too, including the classic set of 30 coils in a can that doubles as a burner, as well as the same packaging with a new low-smoke black coil alternative, and even a special version for pets, complete with burning dish. Amazon offers holders too, including the classic pig-face holder a crazed cat and one in glass.