We are on the last two stages now. We opened a box of the Tosa Shikkui (lime) plaster (see picture below), did a sample of the suna (sand) mixture(see 2nd picture below) and then applied it, the sand/lime mixture, to the wall (see bottom two pictures) facing the neighbors. It's smooth and is going on very well. They two professionals from Kyoto arrived yesterday so we'll finish the sand/lime mix, let it dry and then do the hard trowel of the lime. We are getting close and it's feeling like we are getting close!! Exciting times!!