The following links describe the application of a variety of Japanese finishes.
Polished Tosa Shikkui
Kyomigaki / Otsumigaki Polished Earth-Lime Finish
Shikkui Plaster: Mixing and Application
Nori-Tsuchi: Clay, Sand and Seaweed Glue
Mizugone: Traditional Japanese Fine Earthen Plaster Finish
Chirimawari: The "Go Around"
Scratched Finish Kakiotoshi
Exposed Aggregate Finish