My father and the founder of KOKOROISHI, Tsutomu Kokoroishi was born as the oldest of seven siblings. In the post-war hardship of Japan, he skipped higher education, instead working a multitude of jobs in order to support his family. These experiences made him realize how tantamount trust between people is in life.
When I started to help in the company, there was a time when due to my mistakes, payments to our clients were delayed by a day. "What's the issue? A day isn't much" - was what I then thought.
That ended up being the worst castigation I had in my life - Tsutomu ordered me, with practically an oni(ogre)-like face, to contact each and every one of our partners to plead for their understanding. Trust takes ages to build but only needs a moment to be broken. The value of trust is instilled in KOKOROISHI and still drives us right now.
Shitsutomu was very strict in his work but his employees were like his family. He was committed to even hearing out the private problems that his employees faced. This care, and familial bond, was what motivated his employees to work together with him.
When we first started, office sofa sets were the rage and they were easy to sell. However, then came the late 1980s and the bursting of the Japanese bubble economy. The furniture brokers we dealt with one-by-one went out of business. The influx of cheap imports added fuel to fire and we honestly considered closing KOKOROISHI.
It was then that the people around KOKOROISHI rallied together with us, and we started moving towards making sofas. I remember my father telling me, calmly and with a smile: "Work hard and someone will definitely appreciate what you make!"
This shift to sofa making would not have been possible without all the trust we had built. We created this page as thanks to all the people who have accompanied us through the peaks and nadirs of life.
Please take the time to read this to find out about KOKOROISHI and the trust that goes behind it.
CEO and Chairman, KOKOROISHI KOUGEI
Shori-san - CEO and Chairman, zuiun Co. Ltd.
Tsuruda-san - CEO and Chairman, Real Style Co. Ltd.
Sakemi-san - Chairman, Marusho Co.
Gotoh-san, Board Member, Akase Masterwal Style Inc
Kitamura-san, Executive Director, Koeisangyo Co. Ltd.
Fukumaki-san, CEO and Chairman, Dentou Kougei Co., Ltd.
Furuoka-san, Managing Director, Aishin Industrial Co. Ltd.
Fujishiro-san, Managing Director, Sumida Sangyo Co. Ltd.