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A short history of charcoal

 A short history of charcoal

A short history of charcoal in Japan

Japanese charcoal produced today is known to be of the highest quality. But the Japanese have been using charcoal for thousands of years. The oldest Japanese charcoal remnants, found in a stone-age cave in Ehime prefecture, are over 300,000 years old. However, these ancient pieces were the by-product of burning wood for fires. On the other hand, pieces of charcoal for fuel use have also been found in Japan and it’s now believed that the Japanese were the first to make fuel charcoal.

The traditional Japanese method used to make charcoal has its origins in 804 when Kukai, a Buddhist monk, visited China. Kukai went to China to study Buddhism for 2 years, but he brought back not only Buddhist teachings, but also an ideal method for making charcoal that gained widespread use in Japan. When Kukai preached Buddhism all over Japan, he also explained how to make charcoal. Since then, the Japanese have expanded and refined charcoal production, making many different kinds of charcoal, from different kinds of bamboo and wood.

We hope that you will enjoy our best quality bamboo charcoal and the history behind it.

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The Power of Bamboo Charcoal

The Power of Bamboo Charcoal

The Power of Bamboo Charcoal

At the most basic level bamboo charcoal purifies the air and obsorbs odors.

Bamboo's structure is extremely porous, creating a huge amount of surface area. This helps give bamboo charcoal an amazing ability to absorb smells and purify the air. There are also microorganisms in the porous structure of bamboo charcoal that can degrade harmful chemicals. That is why bamboo charcoal does such a great job purifying air and absorbing odors.

There are two types of bamboo charcoal. One is hard and produced using high-temperature combustion, the other is softer and produced at lower temperature. Kamakura Suzaku bamboo charcoal is the high-temperature variety. Harder charcoals have more conductive properties. This conductive ability will create far-infrared rays and degrade photochemical agents.

Experience bamboo charcoal’s amazing power.

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