Founded in 1911, our company has been in business since 1911. Although most of the tiles used in Japanese architecture are now mass-produced by machines, we continue to make tiles using the traditional techniques of the past, and our onigawara tiles adorn the roofs of famous temples such as Nanzenji, Toji, and Obakuzan Manpukuji.

Craftsman Profiles

Name :Masahisa Asada

Place : Kyoto

Type of craft : Kyo-kawara

Achievement :

・Selected as one of Kyoto's long-established 100-year enterprises

・Received Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize

・They have received more awards for their work.


"We believe in the tile technology that has been handed down for over 1300 years and we will leave it to the next generation"

First of all, I believe it is important to have the perseverance to believe in this technique. If you give up, that's the end, and I think young people will see that. Instead of the old way of teaching the next generation with our backs, we will take videos and leave it to the next generation in a way that is easy to understand both visually and sensitively.

History of Kyo-kawara

The Origins of Elegance

Kyo-kawara dates back to the Heian Period when they first adorned the roofs of temples and aristocratic estates. Their use signified not only a practical approach to roofing but also a status symbol among the elite.

A Craft Refined Through Ages

Through the centuries, Kyo-kawara evolved, with artisans improving techniques and expanding the craft's reach. By the Edo period, these tiles became a common sight on numerous historic and significant buildings, enhancing their architectural beauty.

Preserving Tradition in Modern Times

In the modern era, preservation efforts have been crucial in maintaining the traditional methods of Kyo-kawara production, ensuring that this historical craft continues to be a part of contemporary construction.

Features of Kyo-kawara

1. Aesthetic Allure

The visual appeal of Kyo-kawara lies in its elegant curves and glossy finish, which not only enhance the aesthetic of a building but also protect it by efficiently channeling away rainwater.

2. Time-tested Durability

Kyo-kawara tiles are celebrated for their exceptional durability. Capable of lasting over a century, these tiles offer a sustainable roofing solution that embodies both functionality and traditional charm.

Crafting Process of Kyo-kawara

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