I tried wearing this in the summer heat, and it reeked of the noxious emissions of a heavily deforested industrial town. To my relief and surprise, autumn shows Hiroko Koshino is an unsung gem. The rare, actually scentless, fantasy camellia note's bitterish, waxy fruit-honey impression is almost quizzical, mixing strikingly with a wine-drenched rose. Every note listed here is detectable except for lotus, which is better off silent, as it's usually too damp and aquatic anyway.
Hiroko Koshino benefits from generous application; it has fair longevity and some noticeable sillage but borders on quiet for having so many heavy notes. The overall impression is the warmth of evergreen woods in the early morning after a night-long downpour. Freesia and tonka save the scent from heaviness, making this suitable for everyday wear. An impressive blend of difficult and exciting notes: tea, incense, oud, and guaiac wood made wearable and intriguing instead of trendy. If only more contemporary designer perfumes would take such risks.
Melancholic, though it's a thoughtful, bittersweet melancholy like the Portugese concept of suadade, untranslatable: "a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves." Hiroko Koshino is lean-a-little-closer quiet, graceful, romantic, but stark and contempo-modernist, moody, and a touch dramatic.
This is mostly a light incense to my nose. Very "Japanese" -- or at least to me, a Westerner, who never been to Japan :-)
Although it's classified as a feminine, it's quite unisex.
14th April, 2009 (last edited: 31st May, 2009)
This is a very pretty scent and I love the wonderful combination of notes.
Not very noticeable or long-lasting, but great for those days when you
don't want to over-power anyone, just to simply please.