I Feel A Draft #4: Making Wood Last with Fire, Not Paint: A Japanese Technique

A very interesting Japanese technique to try!! Called Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi), this technique is used for exterior or interior wood surfaces. Being a woodworker before, I had never heard of this technique. The only preservation technique that I knew of was stain and varnish. Please comment below!! http://www.offgridquest.com/fload/diy/japanese-technique Here is a video, …

Emperor Meiji of Japan (Mutsuhito)

Japan has a new emperor...and a new era (the "Reiwa" era, meaning either "fortunate" or "auspicious" and "peace" or "harmony") has begun. There was certainly alot of media coverage of the event and attended by VIPs from all around the world. The ascension ceremony itself was very elaborate and adhered to Japan's century-old traditions. You …