L'histoire d'Inabata ～受け継がれるパイオニアの遺伝子～
NNJapan’s domestic textile production. In 1916, the Japanese government set up The Japan Dyestuff Manufacturing Co., Ltd., which later became the foundation of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.’s specialty chemicals business. This was aimed at encouraging the domestic production of dyes, as the turbulence of World War I had affected the flow of supplies to the Japanese industry. Katsutaro was involved in the establishment of Japan Dyestuff, becoming its president in 1926. It was at this time that Inabata Shoten expanded its sales network abroad, with the aim of introducing Japan Dyestuff products to the overseas market. Offices were established in Brussels, Mukden, Tianjin, Shanghai, Batavia, Seoul, Quingdao, Hanoi, Dalian, Jinan, and Yogyakarta. Utilizing the knowledge and techniques acquired in Europe, Katsutaro not only played an important role in modernizing Japan’s dyeing and weaving industry, but also in the nation’s economic development. Katsutaro’s ambition was to introduce highly developed goods and techniques to Japan, and in this way contribute to the nation’s modernization.fter another visit to France, Katsutaro brought back with him a “cinematograph,” the first motion-picture camera that was also capable of projecting film. Invented by the Lumière brothers in 1895, by February 1897 Katsutaro had presented Japan’s first cinema show in Osaka. In that moment, another of Katsutaro’s dreams was realized - that of introducing advances in European culture to Japan. ext to the Muslin Ohashi bridge, spanning the Kanzaki River which divides Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, used to be the Tonouchi factory of the Muslin Boshoku (spinning and weaving) company. Muslin is a thin and light yet warm wool fabric, that was popular among women for their kimonos. Japan heavily relied on its import, but in 1895, Katsutaro set up a company with other founding members to begin domestic production of the fabric. In 1897, Katsutaro established Inabata Dye House to launch a dye processing business using state-of-the-art techniques. The maroon color developed by Inabata Dye House was widely used in “hakama” style skirts for girls’ school uniforms. Katsutaro also developed an original khaki color, both of which contributed to AAArt on early days of Katsutaro by Sekka Kamisaka.