Yakisugi Blog

Shiplap boards stacked up at our Japanese mill in Hiroshima

Shiplap or Square Edge?

Choosing a Profile for Shou Sugi Ban Siding 1. Choosing a Shou Sugi Ban Surface for your Project 2. How to Select an Oil Prefinish for Shou Sugi Ban Siding 3. Choosing…

Clear Grade Sugi

Choosing a Wood Grade for Shou Sugi Ban

Catch up on our product selection walkthrough series here! Part 1: Choosing a Shou Sugi Ban Surface for your Project Part 2: How to Select an Oil Prefinish for Shou Sugi Ban…

Shou Sugi Ban 101

Confused about shou sugi ban, or charred wood siding in general? Don’t fret, we know it can be confusing and we’re here to help! We get asked a variety of questions from…

forest bathing japanese cypress forest

Forest Bathing: A Growing Japanese Trend

Have your friends ever asked you to go “forest bathing?” Unless your friend is Japanese, the answer is likely no. We all know the refreshing feeling from time spent outdoors surrounded by…

Charred Wood Siding Color Change

A lot of Westerners considering traditional yakisugi, shou sugi ban or any kind of charred wood siding start with the assumption that because it is burned, it will be black and stay…

The Health Benefits of Interior Wood Paneling

An Explosion in Home Renovations With most of the globe having spent the better part of the past 18 months social distancing, staying indoors and quarantining, it’s no wonder that home renovation…

Shou Sugi Ban Siding Maintenance

Wash, Tighten, Re-oil. The main challenge for the North American shou sugi ban market is that it hasn’t been around for very long. Not only have most people never seen charred wood…

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…

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…

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