In 1973, Kyoei Lumber was the first to start industrial production of YAKISUGI in Japan, by developing a YAKISUGI production machines and facility. Those YAKISUGI production machines were later introduced mainly in Western part of Japan, and YAKISUGI quickly became one of the popular wood siding materials in Japan.

Japanese Beauty

For the past decades, YAKISUGI had been gradually introduced to the world, and started earning a good reputation as a beautiful Japanese exterior cedar panel. YAKISUGI once recognized as a symbol of Japanese beauty by travelers is stepping to a next step outside of Japan.

“YAKI-SUGI” (焼杉)

YAKISUGI (焼杉) is a traditional Japanese Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica) exterior cladding, which is manufactured by charring and carbonizing Japanese Sugi boards. The traditional way to manufacture YAKISUGI is quite simple and primitive; vertically put 3 pieces of Japanese Sugi board in a triangular and burn wood-sawdust inside for a couple of minutes to char the surface.
Overseas, sometimes “Sho-Sugi-Ban” is mistakenly used to refer YAKISUGI, which is not correct. In Japanese, Burned is “YAKI/焼”, and Cedar is “SUGI/杉”; thus, “YAKI-SUGI” (焼杉).

Processing process of Yakisugi