We continue our challenges by focusing on the theme of "washi to fit a modern lifestyle."
Washi is the name of Japanese paper made by traditional methods.
The versatile, natural eco-friendly material will soothe and enrich human lives.
|Company Name||Taniguchi Aoya Washi Co., Ltd.|
|Business||Manufacturing of washi (Japanese paper) and related products|
|Headquarter & Factory||358-1 Kawara, Aoya-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Pref., 689-0515 JAPAN|
|Employee||12 (as of April, 2013)|
|Affiliate Web Site||http://www.aoyawashi.com/|
|1924||Tatsuzo Taniguchi started manufacturing hand-made washi|
|1948||Kazuo Taniguchi started wholesaling materials for washi|
|1973||Hirofumi Taniguchi took over the factory shop, and expanded its business as manufacturer/wholesaler of Inshu washi and related products.|
|1977||Reorganized "Taniguchi Shoten," and established Taniguchi Washi Co., Ltd.|
|1989||Embarked on research and development of seamless three-dimensional paper.|
|1994||Established Aoya Washi Co., Ltd. to transfer R&D and manufacturing sector.
Started engaging in collaborative study of producing spherical washi with Industrial Technology Center of Tottori prefecture.
|1995||With the guidance of Industrial Technology Center of Tottori prefecture, embarked on research and development of globe-shaped washi as project subserved by the government.
Developed world's first production system of seamless three-dimensional paper (spherical washi).
|1983||International Paper Conference was held in Kyoto Japan.
Paper Academy was formed (Currently, participating as a Board Member)
|1985||Launched a new brand KAMIZA, and expanded its market to major metropolitan areas.|
|1989||Embarked on research and development of seamless three-dimensional paper.
Released semi-spherical lampshade the following year.
|1995||Held an exhibition "Earth Paper" at AXIS Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo.|
|2001||Developed world's first production system for spherical washi.|
|2002||Exhibited spherical lampshade at an exhibition "JAPAN SHOP."|
|2003||Displayed various spherical lampshades at an exhibition "MADE IN TOTTORI" at Living Design Center OZONE in Shinjuku, Tokyo.|
|2004||Our seamless three-dimensional products won the Incentive Award at IPEC 2004.|
|2005||Introduced collaborative lampshades with Toshiyuki Kita at an exhibition "Interiorlifestyle."
Selected to be displayed at Designers' Showcase in IPEC21.
Fully spherical washi paper lampshade received Japan's Good Design Award and special design award run by the Japanese government.
|2006||Exhibited in Machef held at Milan, Italy.|
|2007||Collaborative study with Tottori Univ. was certified as the project in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)'s Project Plan to utilize local resource industries.
Launched "INABA SHIKIRI" series via Japan Brand Project by METI.
Selected as one of METI's "Top-300 Creative Small/Medium Manufacturing Companies."
|2007||Won a special award of Japan's Manufacturer Award by the minister of METI.|
|2007||Selected for the 2007 Japanesque Modern Collection to be exhibited inside Hyokeikan building at the Tokyo National Museum.|
|2008||Exhibited in AMBIENTE inside a project by METI.
Exhibited in IFFT 2008 inside "sozo_comm" Project by METI, also in JAPANTEX 2008.
|2009||Selected in "Kansei Value Creation Museum" and displayed in Kobe/NY.
Kansei* value products: products that appeal to people's kansei [sensitivity]
Spherical lampshades selected by JETRO and were introduced in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
|2010||Being selected for"Kansei Design Showcase" and displayed in Kanazawa and Hong Kong.
Participated in Business Fair (by METI) in Paris, France.