History of Ginza Motoji

June 1979 ‘Motoji Gofukuten’ is independently founded in a rented office.
September 1983 ‘Motoji Orimono Limited’ is established as a company on the fourth floor of a building in Ginza 2-Chome.
November 1988 ‘Motoji Orimono Limited’ opens its first street shop in Ginza 2-Chome.
May 1993 The company moves to a slightly larger shop in Ginza 1-Chome along Yanagi Dori street.
October 1994 Product developments are undertaken to produce ‘willow dyes’ using Ginza’s willow trees.
January 1995 The company name is changed to ‘Ginza Motoji Limited’.
September 1996 The first ‘Exhibition of Breeding Silkworm in Ginza’ is held.
January 1998 The company organisation is changed to ‘Ginza Motoji Co., Ltd.’
May 1998 ‘Extracurricular Lessons on Ginza’s Willow Dyes’ start at Taimei Elementary School of Chuo-ku.
April 2000 ‘Ginza Motoji Waori’ is opened in Ginza 3-Chome as a new shop.
September 2002 ‘Ginza Motoji Otoko no Kimono’ is opened in Ginza 3-Chome as the industry’s first shop specialising in men’s kimono.
June 2003 ‘Ginza Motoji Shikkai’ is opened as a shop specialising in after-care services (closed in 2008).
April 2004 ‘Ginza Motoji Otoko no Kimono’ is moved and reopened in Ginza 4-Chome.
August 2006

‘Ginza Motoji Waori’, ‘Ginza Motoji Wasen’ and ‘Ginza Motoji Otoko no Kimono’ are renovated and reopened.

December 2006 A popularity vote for Oshima Tsumugi designs dubbed ‘The Exhibition of Your Selected the Oshima Tsumugi’ starts.
March 2007 The world’s first male-only silkworm ‘Platinum Boy’ is released.
February 2008 ‘Ginza Motoji Otoko no Kimono Osaka Shop’ is opened in Hankyu Men’s Osaka (closed in 2014).
November 2010 A collaboration product with the Italian fashion brand ‘ETRO’ is released.
February 2012 ‘Ginza Motoji Oshima Tsumugi’ is opened in Ginza 3-Chome as a shop specialising in Oshima Tsumugi.
October 2013 The company’s capital is increased from 10 million yen to 90 million yen.
March 2015 ‘Ginza Motoji’ celebrates the 35th anniversary of its founding.
May 2015 The company is awarded the ‘Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize’ at the 3rd Silk Yarn and Silk Industry Partnership, Technology and Management Competition.
November 2015 The company is awarded the ‘Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Promotion Foundation Award’ at the 54th Festival of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
May 2016 The ‘Story of Platinum Boy’ begins as an experiential project in production regions.
October 2016 The ‘Ginza Motoji Otoko no Kimono Original Collection’ begins.
Feburary 2017 ‘Ginza Motoji Oshima Tsumugi’ celebrates the 5th anniversary of its opening by holding a party with an Oshima Tsumugi dress-code. Over 350 people dressed in Oshima Tsumugi gathered at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
March 2017 The company is awarded the ‘Shinkin Yumezukuri Award’ at the 2017 (30th) Commendation Ceremony for Excellent Companies.
June 2017 The 1st ‘Gallery Izumi’ is held, as a gateway to success for young dyeing and weaving artists.
September 2017 ‘Ginza Motoji Otoko no Kimono’ celebrates the 10th anniversary of its opening.
September 2017 ‘Ginza Born Oshima Tsumugi’ starts. An Oshima Tsumugi loom is installed in the Ginza Motoji Oshima Tsumugi shop.