It all started in 1898, when Kenzo Kosuga founded Kosuga Shoten, a wholesale store specializing in bamboo products in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. In response to his client's needs, Kosuga worked with local artisans to produce a variety of bamboo products, and eventually received many awards and recognition through his work.
During World War II, the 2nd generation, Chojiro Kosuga, managed to escape the fires that ravaged Tokyo, and relocated to Kyoto in 1949. Since Kyoto was known to be the center of Japanese traditional arts and culture, he hoped to evolve the artistry of his bamboo crafts. He worked closely with many different bamboo artisans, developing the company's craftsmanship and variety of bamboo goods, eventually transforming his business from a wholesale to a manufacturer.
Finally, in 1971, Kohchosai Kosuga, the company we know and love today, was established in honor of a family ancestor, an artist during the Edo Period, Kohcho Ueda, who inspired the design aesthetic of the company. Through each generation, Kohchosai Kosuga further established and developed itself to fit modern times, while still applying their traditional techniques. Originating in Kyoto, this fifth-generation atelier combines traditional shaping techniques with modern design concepts. The bamboo, which is locally sourced in the outskirts of Kyoto is light-weight and sturdy.