Unlike incense sticks, cones or coils, we do not light kneaded incense (neriko) directly but heat it indirectly bit by bit to enjoy the fragrance. Basically, the way is the same as for the fragrant woods, but here we would like to introduce a simple way called Soradaki and another for advanced practitioners_ over a mica plate.
All you need is sumi charcoal, ash and incense burner. Perfect when you want the fragrance to spread around the room in an easy way.
Heating over a mica plate
Sumi charcoal, ash, incense burner, incense utensils and mica plate are needed.
No utensils needed
Wood Chip Heater
No sumi charcoal nor ash needed. Recommended when you want the fragrance to spread around the room in an easy way.
Stirring the ash in the incense burner gently and making the surface smooth.
Stir the ash gently with metal chopsticks* from the bottom of the burner to put some air.
Igniting the charcoal with a lighter.
Keep it lighted until the edge of the charcoal become well heated. Be careful not to get burned oneself.
Waiting until the charcoal becomes grayish-white.
Keep the charcoal over the ash until the heat spreads entirely.
Covering about a half of the charcoal under the ash.
When the whole charcoal piece is heated up well (turns grayish-white), use the metal chopsticks to cover about a half of it underneath the ash.
Placing the kneaded incense (neriko) close to the charcoal.
Place the kneaded incense at a little distance from the charcoal covered in ash.
Recommended For Advanced Practitioners