◆Development◆

Years History of Hirosaki  Kogin Laboratory
1932 Established as a Foundation Kimura Industrial Research Institute
(For regional industry development)
1942 Established as a foundation in Hirosaki Home Span (limited company) by Naomichi Yokojima.By the recommendation of Yanagi Muneyoshi of folk art movement, they started basic research such as collecting old “Kogins”
1962 Changed the company name to Hirosaki Kogin Laboratory.
First chief Yokoshima Naomichi assumed office.
1967 Second Chief Narita Harumasa
1974 Yokoshima Naomichi wrote “Tsugaru Kogin” Published by Japan Broadcast Publishing Association
1982 Third Chef Narita Sadaharu
1991 Awarded Hirosaki City Silver Swastika Prize
1996 “Kogin-Sashi” was designated as Aomori prefecture traditional craft item.
1999 In 24th Nation’s Traditional Craft Art Competition recieived Traditional Technology Exchange Award.
2004 Laboratory building designated as registered tangible cultural property of the Japan.
2011 Hirosaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry as “Japan Brand Business” participated in Paris, Maison Object, Exhibit
2012 Yokoshima Naomichi’s “Tsugaru Kogin” republished from NHK as a Complete Reprint Book. Donated to 58 prefectural libraries nationwide. (each libraries were donated two books)
2013 Hirosaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry as “Japan Brand Business” participated in Paris, Maison Object, Exhibit
2013 Upon the request from Independent administrative agency The Foundation Japan. In 2013, The Japan Foundation Cultural and Art Exchange Overseas Dispatch Project “Tsugaru Kogin-Sashi”, for the lectures and the demonstrations, Narita Sadaharu and Hiromi were dispatched to Russian Federation Vladivostok.
2014 Upon the request from Independent administrative agency The Foundation Japan. In 2014, The Japan Foundation Cultural and Art Exchange Overseas Dispatch Project “Tsugaru Kogin-Sashi”, for small scaled recreation and demonstration workshop. Narita Sadaharu and Hiromi were dispatched to People’s Republic of China, Guangzhou City
2014 Upon the request from Independent administrative agency The Foundation Japan. In 2014, The Japan Foundation Cultural and Art Exchange Overseas Dispatch Project “Tsugaru Kogin-Sashi”, for small scaled recreation and demonstration workshop. Narita Sadaharu and Hiromi were dispatched to People’s Republic of China, Shenyang City, Liaoning University.
2015 Narita Hiromi Inaugurated as Senior Manaegment Director
2016 In 15th City Development Grand Prize Competition won the Local Industry Promotion Grand Prize.