Nakamoto Forestry is the World’s Largest Manufacturer of Japanese Shou Sugi Ban.
Nakamoto Forestry is the largest manufacturer of shou sugi ban in the world, and distributes throughout North America from inventory in Portland, Oregon. Our four mills in Hiroshima and Tokushima operate custom automated lines to produce the highest-grade, most authentic, and affordable Japanese siding.
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STAGE 1: BURNED
Suyaki is the most traditional and easily recognizable of our yakisugi “shou sugi ban” products. Due to the thick, hydrophobic, UV-inhibiting soot layer, Suyaki has the best wood and color longevity as well as incredible fire resistance. We apply oil prefinishes to solidify the soot layer, making installation easier, minimizing blemishes, and preventing soot from coming off when touched.
STAGE 2: BRUSHED ONCE
Gendai is the most commonly specified yakisugi “shou sugi ban” surface for exterior applications. A light brushing process knocks down the heavy soot layer and leaves a smooth, silky appearance. The burnt fiber crevasse shadows are subtle, and Gendai can either be installed with or without an oil prefinish.
STAGE 3: BRUSHED TWICE
Pika-Pika is made by passing the yakisugi “shou sugi ban” planks through a second wire brushing process that removes all loose soot from the softer spring growth rings and leaves the late wood as contrasting burnt ridges. It is a topographic, textured surface that follows the wood grain, and we hand-grade after surfacing to achieve a consistent blend of heartwood and sapwood.