[Koto Who's who in Koto-ku] Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson Eiji Ichikawa

Zaimokuya who walks history 70 years or more
From now and the bygone days and this of Kiba

We start from flooring and furniture production

Originally did Kiba have company of Ichikawa?

 In us, Sozaburo Ichikawa of father founded Edogawa woodshop close to Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Sakra Deranam Indra in 1946. Originally it produces flooring or school-affiliated furniture, and that is origin. We move to Hirano 4 in the next year and set up the head office, and son is the third generation now.
 The Hiranocho whole area was big accumulation place of wood until lumber dealer moved to Shinkiba in area called so-called Kiba. Canal was set up in all directions, and canal was connected to factory of lumber dealer who treated Haraki (log), and Kawanami (rafter) of Kiba crossed log to raft before, and scenery to carry wood was thought to be.
 But when there was Ise Bay typhoon in 1959, timber yards overflowed in Nagoya, and raw wood flowed out and has caused damage to private house. As Fukagawa was area where water appeared as well as typhoon frequently, Shinkiba was maintained newly in the 40, Showa generation if this was bad, and lumber dealer would move all. We moved to current Shinkiba in 1976, too.

[Koto Who's who in Koto-ku] Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo headquarters building right by Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson Eiji Ichikawa Shin-Kiba Station.
Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo headquarters building right by Shin-Kiba Station.

What kind of wood do you sell in Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo?

 We deal for total from import, the stocking of wood including control on vibration method in wooden building to processing, construction mainly on wall and ceiling, building materials for house such as outer wall other than flooring.
 Imported lumber was the main force in the 30, Showa generation and imported the South Seas materials such as the Philippines in particular or Indonesia as raw wood and sawed up the South Seas materials specialties in factory which there was in Ariake, Koutou-ku. However, Tokyo would fill up a certain timber yard in front of the factory and let factory move to Onahama Port of Iwaki-shi, Fukushima in eviction, 1967 because we could not saw up.
 Afterwards, we import American timber and saw up and precut as raw wood export was prohibited by problem of tropical rain forest as for the South Seas materials. Precuting is product near finished product to manufacture basic part of house in a plant, and to take to the spot, and to assemble. 2 factories of flooring factory and re-percent factory for precuting are in Onahama now.

[Koto Who's who in Koto-ku] "Hi dynamic control on vibration construction method" to protect house displayed on Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson Eiji Ichikawa the first floor of the head office.
"Hi dynamic control on vibration construction method" to protect house displayed on the first floor of the head office.

Town, Shinkiba of wood changes, too

Will Zaimokuya be approximately several in Shinkiba now?

 We might have done not smell tree even if we went down Shin-Kiba Station. When we moved to Shinkiba, there were 600-700 and smelled tree so that it was revealed that it was town of lumber dealer immediately when we went down station. As for the current Shinkiba, a lot of new businesses thereby rather increase to daytime population than force of lumber dealer very much. As people cannot live in harborside district, apartments are not built like other towns, but are tinged with vigor here in shipping industry or warehouse in the night and day for 24 hours that it is available.
 But lumber dealer did not go bankrupt. We made use of such land to keep wood as big place was necessary and opened, for example, hotel at the station square in parking lot and studio, these days for rent. In addition, young people increase as live house or survival game Field utilized warehouse were able to do it. That's why most of lumber dealers are replaced to business making good use of land, and company which actually sells wood is approximately a one-tenth.

What is reason why Zaimokuya has decreased?

 It reached the postwar reconstruction period that lumber dealer prospered and was the times to be popular if there was article until the 40, Showa generation. We were popular if there are any material particularly after the war. When 20-30 years passed after the war, on rebuilding time of house, there was force in this sense in many lumber dealers.
 Engineering firm and carpenter of town should originally build house, but such people have been changed for major house maker. Major company is more reliable if we engage general person. Engineering firm and carpenter of yellowtail are originally more convenient.
 As for the Kiba, such engineering firms and carpenters were business partners. Major house maker does not let wholesale dealer like us go through. We stocked material from foreign countries and local factory directly and are cheaper. When the Heisei period began from the end in the 50, Showa generation, lumber dealers who gradually discontinued their business increased.

From this of wood attracting attention more and more

Building using domestic wood including Olympic Stadium attracts attention.

 Imported lumber accounted for approximately 80% of consumptions of Japan at one time, but the current domestic ratio comes back to approximately 36%. Subsidy is over whether it is called encouragement of domestic wood. Forest cover of Japan is the forest countries one of the best in the world where there is about two-thirds of country area, but considerably than imported lumber costs to actually use.
 Maintenance of forest road necessary for transportation is necessary to perform production of wood effectively, but is in a state not to be able to make wound forest road with plan felling now. In other words, we cannot get along if there is not subsidy. It used to be said to be minister if we had mountain, but has done not come to be connected to profit in old days even if we had mountain now.

Ariake Nishigakuen where even Koto City used many wood for in the year before last was built and won good design prize in 2019.

 It was Takenaka Corporation that built, but, in fact, we performed flooring until construction. In addition, we deal with flooring such as second national theater and Shibuya orchard hall, Suntory hall, opera city, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. We do not appear all on the face for form called subcontract, but do such a work.
 Wood will attract attention more and more from now on, but, like Olympic Stadium and Ariake Nishigakuen, the wood industry of Shinkiba cannot say so. It will be difficult to survive if not specialized in something.

Is donoyoni thinking about wood in the future?

 Wood is the current current of the times and is absolutely indispensable resources. As there is problem of global warming, you must do circulation that you plant tree and be brought up and fell using wood more and more from now on. It means that we cannot talk about environmental problem for drawing.
 In the case of Japan, it is wood not iron for resources still more. For example, concrete is told that that adversely affects global warming to use much energy before we build up.
 As Japan is culture of tree, we think that wood has the shining future in such a meaning.
(March 4, 2020 coverage)

[Koto Who's who in Koto-ku] Ichikawa whom president of Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson Eiji Ichikawa "Tokyo Mokuzai Ichiba" acts as.
Ichikawa whom president of "Tokyo Mokuzai Ichiba" acts as.

[Koto Who's who in Koto-ku] "Tokyo Mokuzai Ichiba" at Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson Eiji Ichikawa 2, Shinkiba reached the 100th anniversary of the foundation in (2019) in 2019.
"Tokyo Mokuzai Ichiba" at 2, Shinkiba reached the 100th anniversary of the foundation in (2019) in 2019.

Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson Eiji Ichikawa
1943 Koto City native place.
Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo's chairperson, Tokyo Mokuzai Ichiba's president, chamber of commerce Koto Branch's vice-chairperson, General Incorporated Association Koto City Tourism Association inspector.

Edogawa Mokuzai Kogyo
1-3-16, Shinkiba, Koutou-ku, Tokyo