KOBO was created in 2006 by Junko Kobori. Originally from Kumamoto in southern Japan, she and her husband Louis spent many years traveling the world before settling in Saratoga Springs, NY. Well before mobile phones and wireless networks, the newly married couple explored the most remote parts of the world together. Though difficult to imagine in today's connected age, they were often out of touch with their families and friends back home for years at a time. After reuniting with their loved ones, they had many photos to share and stories to tell of their journeys. Filled with exotic detail and rare beauty, the photos themselves could never express the full range of their experiences. Junko was always struck by the scent of each place and how absent it felt when the photographs were viewed.
How could the scents be expressed and captured? She came to realize that fragrance, one of the key elements in bringing an environment to life, was often overlooked. That extra invisible, but profound sensory experience took you deep into your memories and feelings. From this concept, the KOBO range of home and personal care products was born.