Tiki King's Ukulele Database:
Kiwaya was originally established in 1919 as a maintenance service company
for gramophones in Kanda, Tokyo.
In the 1940's Kiwaya transitioned from gramophone maintenance to a music shop
and in 1947 Kiwaya moved from Kanda to Matsugaya, where it is now located.
Ryouji Okamoto produced Kiwaya's first brand
ukulele, under the name "Famous".
In 1993, Ryouji bought the trademark for Luna and began
selling Luna branded ukuleles through Kiwaya.
around this time, Ryouji also started to sell the "Nakanishi" Ukulele, made by Seiichi Nakanishi, which are said to rival Martins
In 2002, Ryouji became the CEO of Kiwaya. He assigned Kyoko Hara, his
oldest daughter, to be the president of Kiwaya.
Kiwaya USA was established in 2006.
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