Starting as a family carpentry workshop, Akazawa Choyo was established 210 years ago.
Since then we have created Buddhist altars and fittings with high consciousness for the craftsmanship and the constant application to elevate our productions to art pieces.
This long expertise brought to Akazawa Choyo an international recognition as well as new challenges form emergent business fields.
Edo Period: Relocated to Edo (Tokyo) in supervision of restoration work
on Nikko Toshogu.
The history of Akazawa Choyo stretches back to the Muromachi Period.
We began as a family carpenter business specializing in temples, shrines (inner temple carpentry), and worked on sculptures of Buddhist statues, and the construction of inner temples.
Former head of the business Chojiro Akazawa: learning from Ko’un Takamura and Cho’un Yamazaki,
expand the bounds of fine arts and crafts through work on Buddhist altars and fittings.
Two generations ago Asajiro Akazawa graduated from the Tokyo School of the Arts (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) after which he studied under the sculptors Koun Takamura and Choun Yamazaki. With his sublime talent as a sculptor, Asajiro have elevated Buddhist statues and fittings into an art.
Former heads Takeshi Akazawa and Mikio Shibata formulate the current style of
Buddhist altars for Soka Gakkai.
Takeru Akazawa and Mikio Shibata, the next generation who succeeded Asajiro's technique, invented the "Soka Gakkai Buddhist altar style" used today. He began the motorization of altars, and in 1985, completed the first ever motor driven door on a miniature altar. In 1979, he also started to develop the business overseas, mostly in Asia.
Further expansion of traditional Japanese arts and crafts around the world.
To meet rapid growth in demand from abroad, we supply Buddhist altars and fittings to over 30 countries (as of 2019). In 2018, we initiated our new “a1805 Project.” We are involved in the development of new services and hybrid products in collaboration with other industries.