We contribute to our society by delivering the comfort through traditional techniques and aim for a world recognised brand.
Traditionally, the Japanese are an agricultural people. Thus, for millennia they have had a spiritual veneration for the land. The animism of the ancient Shinto religion endowed the natural world with myriad deities, where natural features such as rocks and trees and streams, and the elemental forces of fire, water and air, possessed “kami” or spirits. Therefore, instead of perceiving the natural world as inert and removed from the self, the Japanese have always regarded themselves as being at one with it. Attuned to the minute changes that occur in nature throughout the year, the Japanese calendar was originally divided into 24 seasonal phenomena. Today, festivals and rituals commemorating the passing of the seasons are still an inescapable part of the country’s culture and customs.
Similarly, bamboo is worshiped as a sacred perennial and holds a special place in the Japanese psyche. It is this tradition that forms the background to Japan’s earliest prose narrative, the 10th century folktale The Story of the Bamboo Cutter. In this tale, the baby Princess Kaguya springs forth from a bamboo tree after it has been sliced in two by a bamboo cutter. Thus, bamboo runs throughout Japan’s history, and has played an integral role in the nation’s customs and dwellings. It was bamboo hanging blinds which were first used to demarcate the boundary twixt the spiritual and secular worlds. Originally a symbol of luxury and nobility, it also furnished the palatial residences of emperor and shogun alike. Thus, from demarcating the spiritual threshold in shrines and temples to concealing the features of the reposing shogun, the sudare blind has come a long way to its current usage as a decorative furnishing in modern homes. The Yame Region of Fukuoka, characterized by its fertile plains, cloud-shrouded mountains and running streams, is also home to an abundance of art and craft traditions. This heritage stems from the people’s close affinity with their natural surroundings. Farmers and rice growers would often supplement their incomes by honing their skills crafting artifacts in their free moments. Thus, the area today is notable as a major producer of tea, bamboo shoots and ornamental plants as well as nationally-famous craftsmanship.
From the advent of the Meiji Period onwards, the bamboo blind underwent a process of democratization and it began to be enjoyed by the Japanese general public. Increasing demand for the sudare shade meant that bamboo production reached its peak at the start of the Showa Period in the early to mid-twentieth century. Shikada has more than 100 years of expertise as a bamboo weaver with its own unique style and technique. Throughout those years, our company has continued to fashion and endow our natural products with the spirit of shitsurai, or Japanese hospitality. Sudare interior blinds typify Japanese home furnishing culture which embodies the spirit of shitsurai, thus distinguishing it from conventional modern interior design. Our sudare blinds have enhanced Japanese interiors with this spirit for over a century. Similarly, we now offer foreign customers the chance to experience Japanese culture in their own homes. We at Shikada feel that our natural products create a common space of calm and relaxation which can be shared by everyone around the world. Incorporate Yame Sudare blinds into your home and enjoy the timeless passing of the seasons!
Through our use of natural materials and application of age-old techniques and traditions, we at Shikada aim to impart to modern society the abiding qualities of comfort and tranquility.
We at Shikada have prided ourselves in always maintaining a management philosophy that has as its primary goal the satisfaction and happiness of customers from all over the world.
Shikada Sangyo INC. President Shikada Kazumasa
- Company name
- SHIKADA SANGYO INC.
- Head Office
- 428, Ohta, Hirokawa Town Yame-Region, Fukuoka-Prefecture, 834-0114
- Company Director
- President Kazumasa Shikada
- 37,500,000 yen
- Business sites
- Famous department stores throughout western Japan; local retailers in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Niigata and Kyoto; wholesale dealers and mail order trading companies from all over Japan
- Affiliated company
- Takeichi, Inc. and Kyushu Aroma Industries.,Inc
- Purchase of first foot-operated weaving machine. Establishment of Shikada Ushichi retail premises in Hirokawa Town, Fukuoka Prefecture
- Second generation president Minoru Shikada changes company name to Shikada Seirenjo
- Company established as Shikada Sudare Shoten, Inc. Capital value: 5 million yen.
- Third generation president Usami Shikada changes company name to Shikada Sangyo, Inc. Capital value: 7.5 million yen.
- Capital value increases to 15 million yen.
- Company moves head office to present location in Ohta, Hirokawa Town. Shikada Sangyo forms joint-stock company Takeichi, Inc with bamboo supply firms. Capital value: 2.5 million yen.
- Kyushu Aroma Industries, Inc. is founded (join investment of Osaka Aroma Industries) Capital Value: 10 million yen. Begins manufacturing of accordion doors.
- Company forms business partnership with Taiwan company Nantai Enterprise CO., Ltd)
- Begins manufacturing Kagetsu rattan carpeting. (forms business alliance in Sumatra, Indonesia)
- Completion of warehouse
- Capital value: 37.5 million yen Begins manufacturing rattan carpeting in Kalimantan Island, Indonesia
- Completion of showroom
- Begins manufacturing rattan home furnishings in Indonesia Enters mail-order service market
- Marks 80th anniversary by establishing showroom and delivery center in their present location.
- Begins manufacture of mouton products in China. Enters mouton market.
Establishment of mouton brand “Nomad”.
- Fourth generation president Kazumi Shikada changes company to order production system. Production begins.
- Begins production of first one-touch chain-operated roll-screen blind, named “Karen”.
- Conpany exhibits fire retardant blind products at IPEC trade exhibition. Enters sudare retail market.
- Begins retailing of rattan tile products
- Exhibited in JAPANSHOP + the building construction exhibition. Shikisai catalog was published.
- Company exhibits products at JAPANSHOP building construction materials
trade fair. Publishes Shikisai roll screen sudare catalog
Company begins development of high end mouton brand "Meadow"
- Promotion of Takeshi Himeno from executive director to company president
- Company develops first spring-activated roller screen sudare, “Honoka”.
Company acquires patent for rolling screen gap-prevention mechanism.
- Company begins imports of Chenille Gobelin carpeting products from China.
- Company acquires patent for rolling screen equipment
- TBegins marketing bamboo tile carpeting. Establishment of Tokyo branch office in Shinagawa Ward.
- Company expands to enter market of Western-style stripe screen bamboo blinds.
- Centennial celebration party is held to commemorate company’s foundation.
Company exhibits products at IFFT trade fair.
- Yoshihisa Shikada promoted from executive director to company president
Company acquires patent for “Upper-Through” blind “Madoka”
Shikada Sangyo heads Promotion of Yame Sudare Products and Craftsmanship. Yame blind products designated as artifacts of great cultural significance by the government of Fukuoka Prefecture.
（A special demonstration of Shikada products is available to view on Youtube. Please contact our head office for more details. ）
- Kazumasa Shikada is promoted from executive director to company president.
Yoshihisa Shikada is inaugurated as executive chairman.
- By Bus
- Nishitetsu bus via Yame to Kawase or Koga 10 minute walk
- By Car
- Kyushu Highway – Hirokawa Interchange – South-bound Route 3 – Kawase, Hirokawa Town - Location is 200 meters south of Kawase intersection