Introducing our company and our global network
Nakamoto Forestry is a proud trio of forestry partners: Nakamoto Zourin in Japan, Nakamoto Forestry North America, and us, Nakamoto Forestry Europe. Collectively, we form a global network distributing authentic Yakisugi from Japan to customers worldwide. Japan is also home to our founders, the Nakamoto family, with whom our story starts.
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Nakamoto Zourin (‘Zourin’ is the Japanese term for ‘Forestry’) is a family business that has produced Yakisugi in bulk since 1959. And with the third generation now at the helm, the Nakamotos have been already synonymous with siviculture for over a century.
Nakamoto Forestry produces over a million square metres of Yakisugi each year, making it the market leader in Japan – and probably the world. Deep within the mountains of Hiroshima Prefecture in western Japan lie over 2,000 hectares of Japanese cypress forest owned by the Nakamoto family, as well as its own forestry and nursery.
Every inch of these forest stands is lovingly maintained and sustainably managed and monitored, as reflected in the certified SGEC (Sustainable Green Ecosystem Council) and PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) credentials. The workforce of 120 employees also runs four sawmills, in Hiroshima and Tokushima Prefectures.
We embrace tradition in our work and strive to ensure a holistic approach. And our well-trained experts in house make it all happen, from felling trees (for each tree felled, we plant a new Japanese cypress), sawing, planing and drying (via air and sun) right up to charring and brushing the wood surface. We do all this for good reason:
The beating heart of our corporate mission is a commitment to sustainability and responsible actions, a determination to take the long view, to help preserve our planet and future generations who will call it home, and our pursuit of products of exceptional quality unique to Japan. Namely, of course, Yakisugi, the epitome of radiant beauty, thanks to a recipe uniting the right wood (Japanese cypress), with decades of experience, knowhow, insights, passion, and love.
Keen to learn more about our sustainability activities and certifications? Then why not pay our Sustainability section a visit?
Nakamoto Forestry in Europe and the rest of the world
Back in 2015, our sister company, Nakamoto Forestry North America, was founded in Portland, Oregon (USA) to meet growing global demand for Yakisugi. But across the Atlantic in Europe, demand was also soaring. That’s why, four years later in 2019, we embarked on a mission to bring authentic Yakisugi from Japan to this continent too.
Fast forward to today and together with our Düsseldorf-based distribution company, GoodWood GmbH, we remain Europe’s sole genuine supplier of Yakisugi, made from Japanese cypress. Our young and dynamic team ignite their passions daily for the exceptional and authentic Yakisugi products we sell and treasure our customers just as much.
Day in, day out, our sales team retains preferential relations with a key network of architects, private builders and woodworkers. Scope to tap into their expertise and knowing our own product inside-out is how we handle the full range of European building projects and meet all our customers’ requests.
And it goes without saying that perfectly tailored timber is what our customers get, with Yakisugi boards finished in our warehouse and production facility near Düsseldorf. In fact, all the profile and surface products we offer are made in Japan, but finished and shipped on demand from Germany. We’ve made the system as seamless as possible, which is why you’ll never wait more than 14 days for your delivery, Europe-wide.
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