Kashimura

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K.K. Kashimura Yōkō (㈱樫村洋行) was a Japanese distributor. In 1941, it established a sales agreement with Mamiya for the distribution of the Mamiya Six,[1] and this camera still appears on advertisements by Kashimura dated 1954.[2])

The company was the distributor of the Kanko products in 1942.[3]

In 1943, Kashimura established a new plant together with Fujimoto Seisakusho and Tomioka Kōgaku in the Manchurian city of Dalian, under the name Kantō Kōgaku Kōgyō K.K. (関東光学工業㈱).[4]

Kashimura Yōkō was perhaps reestablished in 1947.[5] Its address in 1952 and 1953 was Chūō-ku Nihonbashi Honchō 4–11 (中央区日本橋本町4–11) in Tokyo, and it was Chiyoda-ku Kanda Kajichō 1–3 (東京都千代田区神田鍛冶町1–3) in 1954–5.[6] In 1955, branches were mentioned in Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and Sapporo.[7]

Kashimura was the distributor of the Ōfuna cameras from 1953 to 1956–7, and it ordered the coupled-rangefinder Ofuna Six for export.[8] The company was also distributing the Luck and the Lucky enlarger made by Fujimoto in 1952; it was still mentioned as authorized dealer in Kantō (Eastern Japan) for the Lucky enlargers in 1954–5.[9]

The company became K.K. Kashimura (㈱樫村) at an unknown date and was renamed Kaga Hightech Co., Ltd. (加賀ハイテック㈱) on October 1st, 2006.[10]

Notes

  1. Official Mamiya company history.
  2. Advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.125 and 185.
  3. Advertisement reproduced in the Gochamaze website.
  4. Fujimoto official company history.
  5. Official profile of the Kaga company, stating that it was founded in 1947.
  6. Source: advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.124–5 and 205, and advertisement in the October 1955 special issue of Photo Art, p.154.
  7. Advertisement in the October 1955 special issue of Photo Art, p.154.
  8. Advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.124–5 and 225.
  9. 1952: advertisement reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.205; 1954: advertisement reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, p.125; 1955: advertisements in the October special issue of Photo Art, p.154.
  10. News release about the name change.

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