Yakisugi Blog

The Japanese Concept of “Mottanai”

There are several ubiquitous words in Japanese that are great culture studies.  One of the most important is the concept of “mottainai”.  Mottainai represents the concepts of efficiency, modesty, and practicality, all…

Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building

We at Nakamoto Forestry North America are incredibly proud to have been a part of this innovative building design. The Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building in Newport, OR is a collaborative effort…

The Feng Shui Of Shou Sugi Ban

Feng Shui is a Chinese term for a tradition followed across Northeast Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan.  In Japanese it is pronounced “fu-sui”, but the Chinese “feng shui” is generally used in…