History of Shozaburo
Combining Tradition and Technology
In the middle of the 1880's, many of Japan's old customs began to give way to the strong influence of Western culture. This trend was apparent in every part of Japanese life from politics to society and culture. Clothing was no exception, as many Western style clothing stores began to open in major cities and the Japanese populace began trying these new fabrics and fashions.
The first shears by Shozaburo
This trends towards Western fashions was further accelerated when the government introduced laws prohibiting the samurai class from carrying swords and wearing their hair in certain styles. Along with this increased demand for Western fabrics and fashions, the tools used by Western tailors were also introduced to Japan for the first time. Before this time, the only tailor's tools used in Japan were those similar to knives used for cutting straight lines, and small hand-held shears used for more detailed cutting.
The temple to honor Master Yakichi
The founder of Shozaburo, Miura Shozaburo (1896-1982) studied the art of shears production from his early childhood. As a craftsman, he has carried on the shears production technologies first developed by Master Yakichi. In order to produce even more stable shears, machines have begun to play a greater role in the manufacturing process.