HistoryHistory

History

History

1912

Established the Shikada Ushichi retail premises in the present-day Hirokawa-machi, Yame-gun, Fukuoka. Purchased a weaving machine for making sudare and misu.

1928

Commended by the prefecture for our sudare that decorate Japanese flower arrangements.

Sudare for decorating Japanese flower arrangements

Sudare for decorating Japanese flower arrangements

“Certificate of commendation”

Certificate of commendation

1938

Changed the company name to Shikada Seirenjo, and appointed Minoru Shikada as the second president.

1941-1945

Sold all machinery and equipment, and ceased operations at factories as employees were sent to serve in the Pacific War.

Photograph before being dispatched to the war

Photograph before being dispatched to the war

1945

Worked to rebuild the company by acquiring machinery and equipment piece by piece.

“Site of reconstruction”

Site of reconstruction

“Sudare factory after reconstruction”

Sudare factory after reconstruction

1967

Established Shikada Sudare Shoten, Inc. with a capital of 5 million yen.

Signboard with the company’s brand name and logo from that time

Signboard with the company’s brand name and logo from that time

1969

Changed the company name to Shikada Sangyo, Inc., and increased our capital to 7.5 million yen. Inaugurated Usami Shikada as the third president.

1970

Increased capital to 15 million yen. Launched our igusa product line.

1971

Relocated the Head Office to its present address in, Ota, Hirokawa-machi. Shikada Sangyo established Takeichi Inc. through a joint investment with bamboo supply firms, with a capital of 2.5 million yen.

1972

Established Kyushu Aroma Industries, Inc. through a joint investment with Osaka Aroma Industries, with a capital of 10 million yen. Began manufacturing accordion doors.

1975

Signed a business partnership with Taiwan-based Nantai Enterprise Co., Ltd.

1976

Began manufacturing Kagetsu rattan carpeting in Sumatra, Indonesia. Made our entry into the rattan carpeting market.

Began manufacturing Kagetsu rattan carpeting

1977

Completed construction of a warehouse in the company’s birthplace.

1982

Increased capital to 37.5 million yen. Began manufacturing rattan carpeting in a second location: Kalimantan, Indonesia.

1984

Completed construction of a showroom on the 2nd floor of the then Warehouse #1.

1985

Began manufacturing rattan home furnishings in Indonesia. Made our entry into the mail-order market.

1992

Established a showroom and delivery center in our present location as part of our 80th anniversary project.

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1993

Began manufacturing mouton products in China. Made our entry into the mouton market.

1993

Developed the mouton brand “Nomad.”

1997

Inaugurated Kazumi Shikada as the fourth president. Changed our production system to manufacture sudare on a made-to-order basis.

1999

Launched the industry’s first one-touch chain-operated rolling sudare screen, “Karen.”

2001

Participated in IPEC2001. Received certification in our factory for flameproof sudare products. Made our entry into the market for sudare used in stores.

2002

Began selling rattan tile products.

2004

Participated in the JAPANSHOP building construction materials trade fair. Published the Shikisai roll screen sudare catalog.

2004

Developed the high-end mouton brand “Meadow.”

2005

Promoted Takeshi Himeno from executive director to president.

2006

Launched the industry’s first spring-activated rolling sudare screen, “Honoka.”

2006

Obtained a patent on a rolling displacement protection mechanism.

2007

Started importing Chenille Gobelin carpeting products from China.

2009

Obtained a patent on rolling screen equipment.

2010

Launched bamboo tile carpeting. Opened our Tokyo Branch Office in Shinagawa, Tokyo.

2011

Launched Western-style stripe screen bamboo blinds, expanding the uses of sudare.

2012

Held a celebration of our 100th anniversary.

100th anniversary

2012

Participated in the IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living trade fair.

2013

Three Yame Sudare manufacturers founded Yame Sudare Shinkokai (The Society for the Promotion of Yame Sudare Products).

2014

Promoted Yoshihisa Shikada from executive director to president.

2014

Obtained a patent on “Madoka,” a blind with adjustable height.

2014

Yame Sudare at the Yame Sudare Shinkokai headed by Shikada Sangyo was recognized as a specialty craft of cultural significance by the governor of Fukuoka Prefecture.

recognized as a specialty craft of cultural significance

2015

Yame Sudare Shinkokai started the “Scenes with Sudare” campaign at the Fukushima area in Yame.

Formed the Indonesia-Fukuoka Friendship Dontaku Team with the Japan-Indonesia Friendship Association of Kyusyu and other volunteers to participate in the Hakata Dontaku Parade in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia.

“Indonesia-Fukuoka Friendship Dontaku Team

Indonesia-Fukuoka Friendship Dontaku Team

2016

Promoted Kazumasa Shikada from executive director to president. Inaugurated Yoshihisa Shikada as executive chairman.

2017

Yame Sudare Shinkokai commenced a project to plant unmonchiku, a rare variety of bamboo, as part of the Fukuoka Prefectural Projects for Maintaining Special Forest Products.

Yame Sudare Shinkokai

rare variety of bamboo