Yakisugi Blog

Biophilic Design (and wood)

What is Biophilic Design?     Biophilia is the human love of nature.  Biophilic design is the practice of consciously incorporating materials or spaces that reinforce our relationship with the living world into…

The Japanese Concept of “Mottainai”

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…

A Tour Of Japan’s Historic Yakisugi

We landed at Tokyo Narita earlier this summer on a cloudy Monday afternoon, legs sore from our ten-hour direct flight from Portland. It was my first experience in Japan, and I was…