MATSUWAKA

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Message from the Representative Director

What to Protect and What to Change for Upcoming Future. We Are Committed to Fulfilling Our Customers' Expectation With Good Faith and Pride
What to Protect and What to Change for Upcoming Future. We Are Committed to Fulfilling Our Customers' Expectation With Good Faith and Pride

Some 130 years have passed since Matsuwaka began the manufacturing of imitation pearl and glass accessories, which has evolved as a major local industry of Izumi City. As the fifth generation heir of the founder of this company, I cannot but feel the gravity of the history my predecessors have established and entrusted upon myself. Given the globally competitive market with fierce competition among uncountable actors whether domestic or overseas, the foresight to predict the future and make sharp judgments, as well as the courage to take action and move forward are essential abilities for a company to continue developing its potential. Creative experiments based on originality and ingenuity that cannot be mimicked are also crucial factors that set a company apart from the rest of its competitors.

We, at Matsuwaka Glass and Pearl Works, have been pursuing the possibility of fashion accessories by experimenting with a variety of different materials, with our flagship glass beads and imitation pearls that have developed with the company from the very beginning at the center. With a focus on major products such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and broaches, we consider it our mission to provide trustworthy, quality items to established fashion brands and the apparel industry of this country. We pride ourselves in facing each and every customer faithfully, leveraging all possible skills and technology we possess to deliver a quality that meets expectations. Our achievements to date are unspeakable without the efforts on part of our customers and the community which always provided us with a stable, reassuring ground. We hope for your continued patronage, as we all commit ourselves to continue our challenge with the spirit of discovering new things by studying the past.
Representative Director, Matsuwaka Glass and Pearl Works CorporationMatsuwaka Yohei
History
  • 1887
    Founder Teizo Matsuwaka starts manufacturing of prayer beads, Negake Beads, and Kago Beads at Oaza-Futoshi, Shinoda-mura, Senboku-gun, Osaka
  • 1895
    Showcases colored glass beads in the Third National Industrial Exhibition.
  • 1897
    Launches the colored glass bead, Izumi Bead.
  • 1909
    The Hari Bead wins Silver Prize in the Kansai Product Exhibition.
  • 1916
    The Hari Bead is purchased by the Taisho Emperor, after its presentation at the Imperial General Headquarters during the large-scale military exercise in the Kinki region.
  • 1920
    Starts manufacturing of imitation pearls.
  • 1921
    Starts full-scale export to the United States.
  • 1926
    Second generation owner Kenzo Matsuwaka succeeds business operations.
  • 1941
    Suspends business in response to the Industrial Readjustment Act issued due to the Pacific War.
  • 1942
    Starts manufacturing of ampules for military use.
  • 1946
    Resumes business upon the end of the war.
  • 1950
    Reorganizes as the Matsuwaka Glass and Pearl Works Corporation. Kenzo Matsuwaka assumes position as the President and Representative Director.
  • 1954
    Receives an award for excellent merchandise in the Osaka International Exhibition.
  • 1959
    Third generation owner Hisao Matsuwaka succeeds business operations and assumes position as the President and Representative Director.
  • 1964
    Receives certification as a company contributing to the development of Japan through export.
  • 1979
    President and Representative Director Hisao Matsuwaka is awarded as an Industrial Contributor by the Governor of Osaka Prefecture.
  • 1984
    President and Representative Director Hisao Matsuwaka receives the Medal of Honour with Blue Ribbon from the Japanese Government.
  • 1985
    The company celebrates its centennial anniversary since foundation
  • July 1987
    Completes construction of the new company building, the Cherry Building.
  • March 1988
    President and Representative Director Hisao Matsuwaka is awarded the Gold and Silver Rays Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure.
  • April 1988
    Fourth generation owner Masami Matsuwaka succeeds business operations and assumes position as the President and Representative Director.
  • May 2006
    President and Representative Director, Masami Matsuwaka is awarded as an Industrial Contributor by the Governor of Osaka Prefecture.
  • May 2012
    Fifth generation owner Yohei Matsuwaka succeeds business operations and assumes position as the President and Representative Director.
  • December 2017
    Completes construction of the plant for coating and spray coating.
Lampwork Hari Bead wins Silver Prize in the Kansai Product Exhibition of 1909

Lampwork Hari Bead wins Silver Prize in the Kansai Product Exhibition of 1909

Monument commemorating founder Teizo Matsuwaka, built by the villagers in 1920

Monument commemorating founder Teizo Matsuwaka, built by the villagers in 1920

Receives an award in the Osaka International Exhibition of 1954

Receives an award in the Osaka International Exhibition of 1954

Company Profile
  • Trade Name
    Matsuwaka Glass and Pearl Works Corporation
  • Location
    594-0003 216, Tai-cho, Izumi-shi, Osaka
  • Foundation
    1887
  • Established
    1950
  • Capital
    12 million yen
  • Representative Director
    Yohei Matsuwaka
  • Number of Employees
    15
  • Major Banks
    The Senshu Ikeda Bank (Izumi branch)
    Osaka Shinkin Bank (Kita-Shinoda branch)
Cherry building
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