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Identity

ブランドアイデンティティ

代表挨拶

CEO's Message
For the benefit of everyone's happiness, we create relaxation tools that can be enjoyed by everyone.

In 1919 my grandfather started the business as a futon maker for Daimaru, Kyoto. The company was officially registered and incorporated by my father in 1961.
I was born in 1951, surrounded by beautiful futons and cushions that were made by very talented craftsmen. However, after growing up surrounded by them, I ended up wanting to try to explore other things that were not related to futons and cushions. Therefore, after I graduated from university, I found a job at a general trading company in Tokyo, where I was in charge of exporting chemicals. In 1980 I left the company and returned to Kyoto to assist with the family business.

Armed with our skilled craftsmen's beautiful handwork, we wanted to start a new venture. Thus, in the 21st century, Takaokaya as a brand was born. A new modern Japanese style-oriented brand, which creates products by combining the traditional sense of Japanese sensibility and comfort with Western living. We create our product with traditional futon and cushion making techniques.
Some of our products such as the well-loved Ojami Cushion, that can be used to sit comfortably both on the floor or on a chair, or our Senbei Zabuton Cushion that is very popular among parents, have been a great addition to our customer's lifestyle. We have also started introducing our handmade modern Japanese lifestyle products to our overseas customers.

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Takaoka Futon Co., Ltd.'s founding, and 2021 will mark the 60th anniversary of its incorporation.
Kangu is the name that I chose for our relaxation products, which are made by our skilled craftsmen with the inherited futon and cushion making techniques.
With our business mission as "For the benefit of everyone's happiness," we hope that we can bring a smile to all of our customers and everyone involved in our business.
We hope to accomplish our mission by continual improvements of our technical aptitude, planning skill, our ability to take action, and to continue being a company that provides relaxation to everyone through people's compassion and handmade products.

CEO

Koichiro Takaoka

代表取締役 高岡幸一郎
Roots

はじまり、いま、これから

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It Began with Futon

Historically kimono and futon products had a similar operating process in the fact that both businesses run on a made-to-order system. It was also not uncommon that a kimono store to also sell futons as a part of its business. At the beginning of the 20th century, the leading kimono merchants started expanding itself and turning into department store. It also resulted with the inclusion of other businesses inside. Soon after, instead of ordering products in-store, it became a common practice for businesses to display their ready-made products that are immediately up for sale. Around the same time, Takaoka Futon Co., Ltd. was started as a bedding manufacturer for a well-known department store, Kyoto Daimaru (now known as Daimaru Kyoto) and started supplying the people of Kyoto with futons and cushions. Shingu (寝具) was the word that was used to represent Takaoka products back then. It was a combination of the kanji character 寝 which means sleep and 具 which means tool.

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From Shingu to Kangu

Entering the 21st century, due to western influence the traditional Japanese lifestyle has started to change. Takaoka Futon Co., Ltd. also started to reevaluate and adapt to the changes that occurred. As a company Takaoka Futon Co., Ltd. wanted to find and create products that fit modern life and made it suitable for the Japanese people. From that, the Takaokaya brand was born. From futons and traditional zabutons, Takaokaya has moved on into a new direction towards creating a product to fit modern Japan with Gorone Futons, Shiki Futon, and the iconic Ojami Cushion. From the traditional Shingu, Takaokaya has shifted in the direction of Kangu (寛具). The kanji 寛 which means relaxation, combined with the word 具, which means tool. Kangu was created to represent Takaoka Co., Ltd.'s new product category which are meant to be a source of relaxation in day to day living.

Spirit

座布団に宿るおもてなしの心

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The Origin of Kangu

寛具 (かんぐ) or 'Kangu' in roman letters is a word created by Takaokaya specifically to describe the essence of our products. The kanji character 寛 was taken from the word 寛ぎ(くつろぎ - kutsurogi which means, 'to feel relax' or 'to feel at ease'. A feeling that we wish is felt by our customers when using our products. It is the core value of Takaokaya as a company, and the reason why we do what we do is to provide relaxation and a smile to everyone that encounters our products. The character 寛 itself has a meaning of 'relax' and 'generosity'.

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The Origin of Kangu

The kanji character 具 which is taken from the word 道具 (どうぐ - dougu) which is used to imply to a tool or instrument. The character 具 itself carries the meaning of 'tool' or 'utensil'.

Combined together forming the word 寛具 (かんぐ) that generally means 'relaxation tool', which to us describes Takaokaya's products quite thoroughly.

With this word, we would like our customers to know that we are here to help bring smiles to everyone's faces by helping them create a more relaxing and peaceful environment to surround themselves in.

Crafts

座布団作りに受けつがれる職人の技

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The Importance of Our Craftsmen

The stuffing stage is one of the most important parts of the production process. It does not only determine the comfort level of the finished products, but it is also what allows the product to keep its integrity even with frequent use. Our skilled craftsmen are concern with the longevity of their creation, so they would like to make sure that even in the future, each product is still as comfortable as the day it was made.

This concern to detail is especially important for Takaokaya's ability to create custom made products. To make sure that we capture every detail of our customer's vision and transform them into reality.

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The Skill of Adaptability

During the making process, a Japanese hand stitching technique is used to create the illusion of an invisible seam. To produce a beautiful result, this requires the technique to be applied and adapted to suit a variety of different materials. This stitching skill can only be gained through experience of handling various fabrics and understanding the characteristics of each materials.

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Thoughrough Finishing

At the end of the production process, striking the cushion is essential. This step is done to make sure that the cotton filling can spread evenly. Middle stitches are applied to the center of the cushions to keep the cotton filling in place. It requires precision and a gentle hand to pass the needle through the same location back and forth through thick layers of cotton. The side tassels are also beautifully functional, as it helps prevent the cotton from coming out from the side of the cushions and finished with a trickly little ball knot on each tassel.

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洛中髙岡屋 本社・ショップ&ショールーム

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  • Tel / Fax

    +81 (0)75-341-2251 / +81 (0)75-341-2255

  • Location

    242 Kintoyokocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8331, Japan

  • E-mail

    intl@takaokaya-kyoto.jp

  • Hours

    09:30 - 17:30
    (closed on Sunday, public holiday, and some Saturdays).

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