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ABOUT US

HIROTA TSUMUGI
Who we are

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    The founder, Hirota Kanzo.
    He had flown to many places before the end of the WWII.
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    Office building at the time of founding:
    Expanded the exhibition hall for the today's company building.

Hirotatsumugi Co. Ltd is a manufacturing wholesaler and specialized trading company of Japan’s traditional craft textiles. Since the foundation in Kyoto one year after the WWII, we have been consistently dealing with the highest grade craft weavings that have been traditionally used for informal or everyday kimonos.

Many of our original designs that we planned and worked together with local manufactures, have gained much popularity in each periods, and being traded for department stores and specialty retailers throughout Japan. We have been playing a part in creating Japan’s kimono garment culture after the war period.

Products flowchart

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Office building today: A traditional Japanese townhouse, almost unchanged over 100 years.

Our mission

There are numerous beautiful traditional weavings in Japan. Nevertheless, because of lifestyle change and population decline on Japanese society, the traditional market is largely shrinking. If it could not be maintained as the industry, the next successors would not be found and then the sound of the loom would be stopped.

So far craft textiles have only been traded for the limited Japan’s kimono market. We aim to open the market for foreign textile fanciers and seek for the possibilities to reinvigorate weaving regions. Regardless of ‘kimonos’, we would like to propose these globally as ‘fabrics’ that can be used for versatile purposes.

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Gallery

  • Front facade of company building
    Front facade of company building
  • A shop curtain and entrance
    A shop curtain and entrance
  • Entrance hall
    Entrance hall
  • Tatami room, the first floor
    Tatami room, the first floor
  • Courtyard
    Courtyard
  • Tea room
    Tea room
  • View from the tea room
    View from the tea room
  • A washbasin (Tsukubai)
    A washbasin (Tsukubai)
  • Big tatami room, the second floor
    Big tatami room, the second floor
  • Tatami room, the second floor
    Tatami room, the second floor
  • Drawing room, the second floor
    Drawing room, the second floor
  • Kimono exhibition 1
    Kimono exhibition 1
  • Kimono exhibition 2
    Kimono exhibition 2
  • Kimono exhibition 3
    Kimono exhibition 3
  • Kimono exhibition 4
    Kimono exhibition 4
  • Kimono exhibition 5
    Kimono exhibition 5
  • Exterior of Kura (storehouse)
    Exterior of Kura (storehouse)
  • Inside of kura
    Inside of kura
  • Sample books of Yuki-tsumugi
from the early Showa period
    Sample books of Yuki-tsumugi
    from the early Showa period
  • Chronological sample books
    Chronological sample books

Campany Profile

COMPANY NAME Hirotatsumugi Co. Ltd
PRESIDENT & CEO Shuzo Hirota
BUSINESS SEGMENT Manufacturing wholesaler of kimono fabrics
ESTABLISHED 1946
LOCATION HEAD OFFICE 301 Higashitoin-dori Bukkoji agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8095
TEL (+81)75-351-1414 FAX: (+81)75 351 2494
MAIL contact@hirotatsumugi.jp TOKYO OFFICE 902 Panteon Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Mae 2-5-8 Nihonbashi
Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
PRODUCTS Yuki-tsumugi, Oshima-tsumugi and various traditional craft textiles all over Japan
MAIN CLIENT Kimono retail stores, department stores all over Japan

Access

Head office

3 mins walk from Shijyo ST on the Karasuma Subway line, Exit 19. / 1 mins walk from Karasuma ST on the Hankyu Kyoto line, Exit 5.

Google Maps

From KYOTO STATION
Train: about 10 mins.
From OSAKA STATION
Train : about 45 mins.
From TOKYO STATION
Train (with Shinkansen): about 2 hours and 20 mins.
From KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Limousine bus (to Shijo Karasuma): about 1 hour and 50 mins.
Train: about 1 hour and 40 mins.

Our company building

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Our company building is a traditional wooden townhouse with more than a 100 year history, located in Kyoto. It is one of largest traditional townhouses in Kyoto and remains the atmosphere of merchant house from old days.

By taking advantage of its friendly location on the center of Kyoto, we also open this place as rental venue and cultural experience facility, where attracts many customers including foreigners.

  • The exhibition event at the Gion Festival
    The exhibition event at the Gion Festival
  • Ikebana experience class
    Ikebana experience class
  • Tea ceremony experience
    Tea ceremony experience
  • Private photo session
    Private photo session
  • Pottery exhibition event
    Pottery exhibition event
  • Tea space with garden view
    Tea space with garden view
  • A 130m² big tatami hall
    A 130m² big tatami hall
  • Coffered tatami room
    Coffered tatami room
  • Second floor Tatami room with garden view
    Second floor Tatami room with garden view

For retailers, designers, or corporate buyers...

We can ship overseas. Hopefully you once visit our company (Kyoto or Tokyo) to see yourself our products. Recommend you to visit our monthly exhibition held at Kyoto.

Our exhibition

we have rich connections and partnerships with local weaving factories and artisans, as well as various traditional kimono-involved companies. We can be a point of contact for connecting you with where you are interested in. So feel free to consult with us.

Contact us

The textiles we collects are made for kimono cloth, or “tanmono”. The basic size of a tanmono is around 12,5m×38cm. But also, we can manufacture ordered textiles, adjusting design and size according to your request.

About size

For individuals and non corporate

As we are a wholesaler, basically we do not have B to C business.
Yet, depending on the usage or the background of purchasing our products, we might be able to deal with you.
So, please feel free to contact us.

Contact us