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

MIYAMOTO SHOKO 宮本商行

HISTORY

Established 1880 and is still in business today.

From the “Terry's Japanese Empire”:

Miyamoto Shoko, 2 Yazaemoncho, Kyobashi-ku, between Ginza and the canal N. of it. Goldsmiths. Manufacturing jewelers; hand-made silverware (a specialty) in quaint and unique designs (extensive display of tea-sets, punch-bowls, spoons and miscellaneous articles). The tea-sets with Chinese jade fitments are unusually beautiful. Jade jewelry; bronzes; ivories, etc.

From the “Overland Monthly and the Out West Magazine”:

The Miyamoto Shoko stores is one of the representative establishments of the Japanese empire. It is a marvelous exhibit continually of the possibilities in curios, silks, drapes, rugs, ivories woods and articles of virtu, carvings and a multitude of other things. The Miyamoto Shoko is purveyor to His Imperial Majesty's household by permit, and this means that everything that is wonderful may be seen there. Tourists who go to Tokyo and leave without seeing this store will have left without seeing one of the magnificent wonders of the modern world. The place should be included in every tourist's tablets in order to refresh his memory.

From the history section of Miyamoto Shoko website:

Masaru Miyamoto, in 1880, in order to increase the sales of tobacco and cigarettes to foreigners founded a Moyamoto Shoko company, which produced different silverwares in general and particularly silver cigarette cases.

Masaru Miyamoto

In 1899 Moyamoto's store has been moved to Ginza district, Tokyo, where it is located till today. After the promulgation of the gold standard, which increased the interest for gold and silver metalwares, Miyamoto Shoko sales even encreased. In addition, in the beginning of the 20th century, the traffic of foreign turists widely increased, which contributed to the store growth as well. On the wave of popularity, Miyamoto designed and produced his products for many diplomatic persons, such as Imperial House of Japan, Imperial Household Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies.

Miyamoto Shoko work for the Imperial Household Department

In 1919, Miyamoto established a joint-stock company Miyamoto Shoko. In September 1923 the store was hit by the Great Kanto Earthquake, some of the products were burnt, luckily no employees were injured and store was reopened after three months. Then, as a result of further efforts to improve the quality of products, it has led to get a credit from the customers more than ever before.

In 1941, during hard WWII times, in order to continue its business, Miyamoto became a member of the Asahi Shimbun companies group.

In October 1959, branches of the Miyamoto Shoko store were opened in Osaka and Fukuoka. In 1962, the original store was reopened in Ginza district, Tokyo.

In 1965, the exhibition of artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun was held at the National Museum, attended by 1.29 million visitors, where Miyamoto presented his scarab jewelry series.

Scarab jewelry series by Miyamoto Shoko at National Museum exhibition in 1965

In 1982, Miyamoto produced a trophy for the Japan Open Championship as a request of the Japan Golf Association.

1982 Japan Open Championship trophy

In 2012 the old building where Miyamoto Shoko was located was put into restoration, forcing the store to move into another building in Ginza district. A new store has a gallery corner with exhibitions of the antique and vintage works made by Miyamoto along the company's history.

Exhibition corner in the current Miyamoto Shoko store

EXHIBITIONS

Participated in the following exhibitions:
1893: World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, USA).
1910: Japan-British Exhibition (London, Great Britain).

Miyamoto's works at Japan-British Exhibition in 1910.

Chicago (1893)
Exposition record

ADDRESS

No. 2, Yazaemon-cho, Ginza, Tokyo

MARKS




Trade mark of the Miyamoto Shoko company

Seal of Miyamoto Shoko:
純銀宮本謹製
純 (sterling) 銀 (silver) 宮本 (Miyamoto) 謹 (carefully) 製 (made by)
Jungin Miyamoto Kinsei
Sterling silver, carefully made by Miyamoto

Individual marks of artists from the Miyamoto Shoko company



一康
KAZUYASU



有国
ARIKUNI



秀光
HIDEMITSU



(竹田) 竹義
(TAKEDA) TAKEYOSHI



UNKNOWN



UNKNOWN

ADVERTISEMENTS

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1912
1914

Flyer
Sticker

Records from old books

1912

EXAMPLES (from the internet)