Recently in the breeze is a lovely sweet aroma which is recognizable as Kinmokusei. I checked in the dictionary and could only come up with Sweet-Olive as the name of this lovely tree that is found all over Japan. The blossoms are very tiny but what a perfume they exude! Whenever I catch a whiff of Kinmokusei I am automatically transported to memories of.... Japanese public toilets! WHAT?!
I feel sorry for this poor tree with the beautiful name and the lovely fragrance but I bet a lot of Japanese associate it with bathroom deodorizer. During this season, many parks and highway public toilets will have a sprig set on the counter in a sake glass or there might even be a Kinmokusei tree planted nearby the bathroom area. Even beyond this season, the deodorizing people must have found that they could make some pretty powerful stuff with this fragrance and the typical toilet deodorizer has always been Kinmokusei .
With the influx of animals in my house the other day I went to the local furnishing store and perused the shelves in the room deodorizer section. Lots of choices nowadays and many are the same as what you can find on shelves in the States. There were a few though that seemed indigenous to Japan. How about Charcoal deodorizer? Or maybe some Green Tea deodorizer? Of course there is the Cherry Blossom deodorizer, Citron deodorizer and even some Water Lily deodorizer.
I came home with some special stuff aimed at removing animal odors (plug into the outlet type) and some pet deodorizer for spraying around the room in case of sudden visitors, not to mention a pretty little container of Kinmokusei deodorizer just because it is the season.