ARTISTS

Amita Arthur & Bond Asahi Shoten Ashihara Fujii, Yoshitoyo Fukui Hagiya, Katsuhira Hattori, Kintaro Ikeda, Seisuke G. Ikoma Kagawa, Katsuhiro Kawano, Yoshinosuke Komai, Otojiro Komai, Seibei Kuhn & Komor Kumeno, Teitaro Kuroda, Kiichi Kyoto Damascene Mitsui, Yoshio Mitsukoshi Miyamoto Shoko Murakami Toyo Nagata Namikawa, Yasuyuki Nogawa, Noboru Ogurusu Ohayo Okubo Brothers Samurai Shokai Takeda Brothers Uyeda, Kichigoro Yamanaka

Amita Co. artists: Minai, Torahiko Kanamori, Takeshi

Other artists

AMITA CO., LTD. (1932-today)

HISTORY
1932
Shintaro Amita became a member of the Trading Business Association in Kobe and began merchandising damascene.
1941
The business suspended due to the Second World War.
1946
Resumed the business in Kyoto as Amita Damascene Factory.
1947
Reorganized Amita Damascene Factory to Amita Damascene Co., Ltd. and Shintaro Amita became the first president.
1952
Based on the cabinet order of "Technician/Craftsmen Training" Amita Damascene Craftsmen Training School was established. By the Ministry of Finance, Amita Damascene Co., Ltd. was designated as an export retail shop (duty-free shop).
1954
By the Ministry of Finance, Amita Damascene Co., Ltd. was authorized conduct money exchange business.
1955
Amita Damascene Co., Ltd renamed to Amita Trading Co., Ltd.
1956
Amita Trading Co., Ltd. changed the description of "Amita" in Chinese character to Katakana.
1960
The production department moved the damascene manufactory in East part(Nishikyo Ward) of Kyoto city.
1966
Amita Trading Co., Ltd. renamed to Amita Jewelry Co., Ltd.
1967
Kyoto Handicraft Center was constructed and the headquarter was moved in.
1969
New Takano manufactory in Kyoto city completed.
1971
Restaurant Grill Craft opened.
1975
Opened a shop in New Miyako Hotel.
1976
Production department became independent as Amita Metalwork Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Merged with AMITA Co., Ltd. in 1981 and became independent again in 2005).
1978
AMITA Jewelry renamed as AMITA Co., Ltd. Opened a shop in Narita International Airport.
1981
AMITA Co., Ltd. was designated as the official trader on the production with the logo for International Association of Lions Club.
1982
New Metalwork manufacturing established in Kisshouin, the south part of Kyoto city. The Takano manufactory closed. On the 50th year anniversary of business, Shintaro Amita was appointed as the chairman of the board and Kunihiko Amita was appointed as the president.
1984
Opened a jewelry store in Hotel Pacific Tokyo (Current SHINAGAWA GOOS).
1985
AMITA Co., Ltd. participated in '85 KYOTO and The International Exposition Tsukuba Japan 1985 and performed damascene products making.
1987
Current East building of Kyoto Handicraft Center was build and started business for Japanese tourists with restaurant and souvenir shop. Opened a shop in Narita Holliday Inn (Current NARITA TOBU Hotel in Narita city Chiba). The jewelry store in Hotel Pacific Tokyo (Current SHINAGAWA GOOS) was renewed.

1989
Participated in Nara Silk Road Exposition.
1990
Amity Plaza Co., Ltd. renamed to Amita Inpex Co., Ltd. and took over the trading business. Shintaro Amita, the founder of Amita Co., Ltd. passed away.

1991
Changed to new corporate logo on AMITA Co., Ltd. Stocks of some stores in Tokyo were transferred to Amita Inpex Co., Ltd.
1993
Damascene Workshop Co., Ltd. was established to make damascene department independent. Stocks of some store in Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya area were transferred to Amita Inpex Co., Ltd. Amita Inpex Co., Ltd. increased it's capital and became the subsidiary of AMITA Co., Ltd.

1994
Opened a store in Kansai International Airport in Izumisano city, Osaka. AMITA Co., Ltd started an agent for import business on watches from Switzerland.

1995
Some businesses transferred to Amita Inpex were returned to AMITA Co., Ltd. Main store of AMITA was built in Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto city (current East Building of Kyoto Handicraft Center).

1999
The store in Narita International Airport was renovated.
2003
Tomokuni Amita was appointed as the president of AMITA Co., Ltd.
2004
The store in Kansai International Airport was renovated.
2005
Production department was divided and merged with Damascene Workshop Co., Ltd. Later renamed as Amita MCF Co., Ltd. Kunihiko Amita was appointed as the first president of Amita MCF Co., Ltd.

2006
Opened a workshop cafe and Craftsmen's Workshop EN-YA(EN=fate, YA=house/place).
2008
The store in New Miyako Hotel was renovated and opened as Kyoto Craft Mart New Miyako Hotel store. AMITA Co., Ltd started the import business agent with Wize & Ope (France) and A.B.Art (Switerland).

2010
Tomokuni Amita was appointed as the president of Amita MCF Co., Ltd. The store in Narita International Airport renovated and opened as Kyoto Craft Mart.

2011
The store in Tobu Hotel Airport renovated and opened as Kyoto Craft Mart.
2012
The store in Kansai International Airport renovated and opened as Kyoto Craft Mart. Main store of AMITA was renamed as Kyoto Handicraft Center East building.

2013
Kyoto Craft Mart Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto store opened in Westin Miyako Hotel.

ADDRESS

17 Shogoin Entomi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

MARKS



AMITA trademark

ADVERTISEMENTS
1959
1960

Sticker
Flyer side A
Flyer side B

EXAMPLES (from the internet)

References:

Amita company website.