/ / . Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese art of burning Sugi, or Japanese Cypress, for exterior siding. This textured charcoal finish is accomplished by burning for 7 minutes, extinguishing in cold water, scrubbing with wire brushes, drying, then rubbing with natural oils to coat and preserve the finish. This technique is said to protect the siding from weather, pests and rot for 80 years.
Jomon (Japan) c. 2500 BC - a type of ancient pottery which was made during the Jōmon period in Japan. The term "Jōmon" means "rope-patterned" in Japanese, describing the patterns that are pressed into the clay.