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Manpei Hotel & Icchodo

Icchodo has rich historical ties to Karuizawa as a summer resort area. In 1886, Mr. Alexander Croft Shaw, a missionary from the United Kingdom, built a summer villa in Karuizawa, and invited personal guests, missionaries and diplomats who eventually built their own summer cottages in the area. The boom in housing sparked demand for furniture for these cottages. The founder of the first furniture store of Karuizawa, Kenkichi Shimizu, worked on many of the original pieces of the time. As a master engraver and woodcrafter, Shimizu combined Western advice with traditional Japanese techniques, creating what has evolved into the Karuizawa woodcrafts (Karuizawa Bori) of today. The cherry blossoms, much loved by foreigners, became the central carving pattern for Karuizawa furniture. Continuing with the third generation of Icchodo owners with six other craftsmen, cherry blossoms remain as the main theme, dominating in present day carves.

Icchodo Past to Present

1908 Kenkichi Shimizu opened the first Karuizawa furniture store
1913 Hajime Ueda (born 1901) began working at Kenkichi Shimizu's store
1927 Hajime Ueda opened, what was called, Ueda Store. The founder of Manpei Hotel, Manpei Satoh, became enamored with Ueda's work. Ueda crafted furniture for every room of the hotel, as well as furniture for Mikasa Hotel and the summer homes of Western missionaries and diplomats.
1953 The shop's name was changed to Ueda Furniture Store
1956 The second-generation owner, Miyokichi Ueda, began working at Ueda Furniture Store, making furniture for Prince Mikasa, Saisei Muro, Tatsuo Hori, and others.
1980 Hajime Ueda passed away. Taking the character from Hajime's first name, the store's official name was changed to Icchodo.
1983 The second-generation owner, Miyokichi Ueda, began and became the first chairman of a union for Karuizawa craftsmen to produce and distribute Karuizawa furniture. Karuizawa furniture was pronounced a traditional Nagano Prefecture Fine Arts Cutural Asset.
1989 The third generation owner, Masahisa Horikawa began working at Icchodo.
1992 Icchodo became an official corporation, Icchodo, Inc.
1995 A new building for Icchodo was completed.