Miyabi Japan works directly with bamboo charcoal producers
in order to offer authentic and genuine products.
We prioritize quality, so we work closely with Japanese bamboo charcoal manufacturers.
Our partners take pride in their products and so do we. All bamboo is sourced and carbonized in Japan.
Cutting and Preparation for the Kiln
Bamboo is cut and split, then placed evenly in a kiln.
Starting the Fire
Since ancient times, the Japanese believe that the initial firing of the kiln is a sacred act. Traditional means are used to light the fire with a Japanese-style candle. Many believe it is best to harvest bamboo during the full moon.
When lighting the kiln, the manufacturer will conduct a ritual on the night of the full moon. He must stay near the kiln for one week, so he can stoke the flame.
After the initial burning, the bamboo is left for more than one week. The temperature in the furnace must be stabilized at 1470-1830 ℉.
Higher temperatures create more surface area for adsorption, which results in higher quality charcoal.
Chikusakueki is a liquid extracted from the smoke coming out of the kiln. This liquid contains methanecarboxylic acid and polyphenol, which are purported to have antiseptic properties and antioxidant effects. Chikusakueki makes excellent non-chemical bug repellent!
Air is sent into the kiln to combust the remaining tar into charcoal.
The bamboo charcoal pieces are left for a few days to cool. Finally, they are removed and cut into pieces.