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LIVING CULTURE

LIVING CULTURE

1868

Meiji era - Start of Japan's modernization

Following the Meiji Restoration, Japan adopted western political and economic systems suchs as constitutional government and tax system, developing a base of a modern nation. In the cities, Western style building were built and, by 1900, homes also were modernized, combining Japanese and Western lifestyles.
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Meiji era - Start of Japan's modernization

1891

Pottery toilets become popular

A large earthquake hit southern Gifu and Aichi area. Production of pottery toilets increased, as they were favored over the traditional wooden ones when reconstructing houses. The 'sometsuke' blue and white toilet bowls produced in Seto became extremely popular and were sold throughout Japan.
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Pottery toilets become popular

1889

Museum of Art Specimens opens

Jimbei Kawashima Ⅱ opened the "Museum of Art Specimens", a Western-style three-story building in Kyoto. The 1st and 2nd floors exhibited dyed textiles and books, collected from around the world. The 3rd floor served as a space to display Western style interior decoration. It was, in effect, Japan's first corporate museum and show room.
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Museum of Art Specimens opens

1902

Hatsunojo Ina starts producing pipes

Hatsunojo Ina, father of the founder of INAX, who was producing tea ware in Tokoname, succeeded in machine production of ceramic pipes and launches Ina Seito-jo, modernizing Tokoname's ceramics business to support the infrastructure development in Japan.
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Hatsunojo Ina starts producing pipes

1923

Second main building of Imperial Hotel opens

The Imperial Hotel Brick Manufacturing Factory was established in 1917 to produce the bricks for the hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Hatsunojo Ina and his son Chozaburo (founding father of INAX) were appointed as advisor, and more than 4 million bricks and teracotta pieces were produced in five years.
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Second main building of Imperial Hotel opens

1923

Building decoration flourishes

Following the Great Kanto Earthquake, more and more buildings were build with reinforced concrete, rapidly expanding the use of exterior and floor tiles. In the cities, large-scale buildings were adorned with elaborately designed teracotta for the purposes of covering the concrete and aesthetical appearance.
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Building decoration flourishes

1923

Ushioda Takejiro starts a wooden fittings business

Takejiro Ushioda, started a wooden fittings retail business under the name Myokenya store, which later became TOSTEM.
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Ushioda Takejiro starts a wooden fittings business

1945

INAX starts producing sanitary fixtures

INAX started producing sanitary ware such as toilets and washstands in addition to tiles. At that time, it was the only company in Japan that can provide both tiles and sanitary ware.
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INAX starts producing sanitary fixtures

1956

Stainless steel sinks adopted by housing agency

Sunwave developed Japan's first mass production technique to produce low cost, high quality, deep drawn pressed stainless steel sinks, to be used in the "Dining-Kitchen" of new apartment housing being built by the Japan Housing Corp.
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Stainless steel sinks adopted by housing agency

1958

Launch of Fiber-Reinforced Plastic tubs

INAX launched the "Poly Bath", bath tubs using fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP). Until then, home baths were usually either made of wood or tiled, but FRP tub market grew due to its low-cost, higher durability nature and the ease of installation. This led to the develoment of modular bathtubs for hotels and apartments.
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Launch of Fiber-Reinforced Plastic tubs

1966

TOSTEM launches aluminum sash business

TOSTEM launched a new aluminum sash structure with hollow structural angle, which achieved thinner and stronger sash frames. The technology was highly regarded in the market, as the new sash structure was lighter and easier to install.
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TOSTEM launches aluminum sash business

1967

Launch of the first shower toilet made in Japan

Building on the concept of shower toilets originally developed in Switzerland for medical use, INAX developed the first shower toilet for the Japanese market, factoring in Japanese average phisique and lifestyle.
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Launch of the first shower toilet made in Japan

1981

INAX opens a gallery in Tokyo

INAX opened a gallery next to its new show room in Kyobashi, Tokyo, which initiated the firm's full-fledged cultural activities. Ever since, the firm has organized exhibition and seminars, focusing on architecture, design, modern ceramic works, and art.

INAX opens a gallery in Tokyo

1986

INAX opens EXSITE showroom

INAX launched a campaign to redefine bathrooms as “the Third Space,” suggesting to transform these spaces into beautiful, comfortable and relaxing spaces within the home. XSITE show room was set up to introduce baths and toilets from around the world.
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INAX opens EXSITE showroom

1986

The Kiln Plaza opens in Tokoname

INAX launched the Kiln Plaza & Museum in Tokoname, utilizing a kiln that was previously used to produce earthenware pipes. Later, additional cultural facilities such as the Tile Museum and Clay Works Museum were added, becoming INAX MUSEUMS in 2006.

The Kiln Plaza opens in Tokoname

1988

Launch of "Exsior" garden room

TOEX launched "Exsior" garden room with full-open windows, reimagining the garden as "a second living room". Similar to the concept ot engawa in traditional Japanese homes, the product united the inside and outside of the house.
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Launch of "Exsior" garden room

1998

Launch of interior tiles "ECOCARAT"

INAX launched "ECOCARAT", natural functional ceramic tiles that controls room humidity, absorbs harmful substances, and reduces odors. ECOCARAT is a long-selling product, well received by customers seeking healthy options.
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Launch of interior tiles "ECOCARAT"

2011

Birth of LIXIL

LIXIL Corporation was born through the merger of TOSTEM, INAX, Shin Nikkei, Sunwave, and TOEX.

Birth of LIXIL

2012

LIXIL Museum opens

LIXIL Museum was established to display the changes in Japanese lifestyles from the Meiji era onwards, together with the corporate philosophies and histories of innovations and product development of the founding companies.

LIXIL Museum opens

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