Yuka Morihata tells us how she met her husband Kaz, why they started Morihata, and how she was first introduced to the benefits of charcoal.
terrain: How did you and your husband meet? What inspired you to start Morihata?
Yuka: Kaz and I both attended Rhode Island School of Design and moved to NYC after we graduated. Coincidentally, we ended up in the same department at the same company. Years later, we married in a townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
After I accepted a job in Tokyo, Japan, Kaz got accepted into the graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. We decided to live apart for three years - though it was a tough decision I am glad we did it. My time in Tokyo definitely became the foundation of Morihata.
Three years later, I left my job in Tokyo and moved back to the U.S. We bought a small loft in Philadelphia and have enjoyed fixing it up as a place to live and work. This is where and when Morihata International Ltd., Co. started.
terrain: How did you discover the benefits of Binchotan charcoal?
Yuka: The usage of Binchotan as a natural purifier started gaining popularity in Japan about 15 years ago. I first received a couple of charcoal sticks as a gift and used them in the steamer to make better tasting rice. I thought that was interesting and it worked amazingly.
terrain: Which is your favorite charcoal product to use?
Yuka: We like Kishu Binchotan Charcoal sticks because they're simple, beautiful and versatile.
terrain: Is there anything we’ve missed that you’d like to tell us about?
Yuka: We love visiting terrain on our day off. It gives us a peace of mind and creative inspiration at the same time.