Ominato Bunkichi Shoten

Situated in Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture, Ominato Bunkichi Shoten was established in the early Meiji era (1868-1912) as a producer and wholesaler of shibu-gami, a specially crafted Japanese paper used beneath tatami mats. The second-generation Bunkichi seamlessly integrated techniques from the local chest and wooden fitting industry, venturing into the manufacturing and wholesaling of elegant folding screens bearing decorative paintings and calligraphy.

Today, the company masterfully blends its centuries-old woodworking expertise with modern designs, offering a diverse array of interior and home products cherished by customers.

The History of Ominato Bunkichi Shoten

Ominato Bunkichi Shoten was established in the early Meiji era (1868-1912) in Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture, often hailed as the "Little Kyoto" of the Hokuetsu region. The company originally built its reputation as a manufacturer and wholesaler of shibu-gami, a crafted paper coated with persimmon tannin extract that was laid under tatami mats. 

The company broadened its horizons in the Showa era (1926-1989). The second-generation Bunkichi initiated the production and wholesale of byobu, exquisite folding screens, by incorporating the production techniques ingrained in the local chest and fittings industry. In the 1980s, they ventured into the manufacturing of general interior products, broadening their lineup to include interior furnishings and partitions.

In 2005, the company took a significant global stride with its inclusion to the "Tales of a Century" brand, a concept converging heritage and progressive cultural appreciation in daily life items to be cherished for the next 100 years.

Today, with a deep grounding in artisan craftsmanship, exemplified by its intricate kumiko woodwork seen in high-quality fittings, the company elevates everyday living spaces with its meticulously detailed and premium items.