Address :3-9-2 Nihonbashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Phone :03 3661 4851
Ubukeya began operation in Osaka in 1783. Toward the end of the Edo Period our fourth generation owner opened a store in Edo (modern day Tokyo) a few doors from our present location in the Sumiyoshi district.
Western style scissors arrived in Japan with the Meiji Restoration. We began selling them toward the middle of the Meiji Era and they caught on quickly. After that we were invited to take part in a merchandizing fair at a department store in town, and since then we have been a regular participant in such events at department stores all over Japan.
The name of our store comes from the Japanese word “ubuke” which refers to the soft hair of an infant, and “ya” which means “store”, and signifies that our knives are sharp enough to shave an infant’s fine hair, our scissors easily cut it, and with our tweezers you can pluck it one hair at a time.
Our store’s sign is also something to admire, for it was written by the four greatest students of the famous calligrapher Meikaku Kusakabe, each student writing one of the four letters, “u”, “bu”, “ke”, “ya”.
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