History

Tensho 18
(1590)
Tokugawa Ieyasu is given the eight provinces of Kanto by Hideyoshi and moves from Mikawa Okazaki to Edo. Begins town planning of Edo. During the construction of the Edo castle town, the upstream river is filled in and opened to waterways.
Tensho 18
(1590)
The father of Ibasen's first generation, IBAYA Kanzaemon, was a flood control and civil engineering craftsman for the Matsudaira family in Okazaki, Mikawa Province. He went with Ieyasu Tokugawa to Iba-mura in Enshu (present-day Iba-machi, Hamamatsu City), where IBAYA Kanzaemon I was born. (Since the exact year of establishment is unknown, the year of birth of the first founder is used as the year of establishment.

Enshu Iba Village (present Higashi Iba-cho, Chuo-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Edo shogunate
Founded
Keicho 8
(1603)
Tokugawa Ieyasu is appointed Seiyo-tai shogun and establishes the shogunate in Edo.

IBAYA Kanzaemon moved to Edo (present-day Tokyo) when Ieyasu entered the Edo shogunate and engaged in pioneering work. He was given a gift of the land he had cultivated, so he settled in this area and began his business. The name of the store was taken from the village of Iba, with which it was associated.

At the time of its founding, the company dealt in Japanese paper and bamboo, and as an official merchant, it delivered materials and Japanese paper to the shogunate, which was also used for baskets and bamboo stools.
Washi was not made but purchased from paper-making regions such as Tosa and Awa, and bamboo was from Boshu.
Meireki 3
(1657)
The Great Meireki Fire (Furisode Fire) damaged most of Edo and destroyed the Edo Castle keep. It was the most devastating fire in the Edo period and had a major impact on the city planning and firefighting systems of Edo. Old documents and other items were destroyed by the fire.
Mid-Edo period
About Genroku13
(Around 1700)
In an effort to add value, they began producing fans made of bamboo and Japanese paper. This became the product known as the Edo Uchiwa. Ibasen's production of fans began in the mid-Edo period, around the 1700s.
As a wholesaler of fans, dealing in Edo fans and fans, Ibasen began to go to Edo Castle as a publisher of fans for the Edo Shogunate.

Nihonbashi area during the Edo period

*In Nihonbashi Horie-cho, a riverside street surrounded by iribori, the two banks of the Horitome River, was created, and each was given a name that indicated its characteristics. The names of the riverside streets in Nihonbashi Horie-cho were "Dangan-kawagishi" (fan river bank) and "Yone-kawagishi" (rice river bank) and "Katsuo-kawagishi" (dried bonito river bank) in Kobunacho. (From "Nihonbashi Shigyo-ki")

Horie-cho, Nihonbashi, Edo, now Kobunacho
Kansei 4
(1792)
IBAYA Senzaburo opens a fan wholesale store in Horie-cho 1-chome.
Late Edo Ukiyoe pasting of fans becomes popular.

Begins to deal with ukiyoe on the fan in earnest. Led by Utagawa Toyokuni I, a popular ukiyoe artist at the time, the company became the publisher for the genius painter Kuniyoshi and his contemporary Hiroshige, and spread the name "Iba-ya" throughout Edo.
From Bunka 1
(1804~1818)
until
the end of Bakumatsu
IBAYA Kyubei, shop name "Ibayaku", "Kinmasaido", Horie-cho 2-chome Many works of fan paintings can be seen.
From Bunsei
(1818~1830)
until
Meiji area
IBAYA Senzaburo, shop name "Ibasen", "DANZEN-DO", "DANZEN-DO", Horie-cho 1-chome Gonin Gumi Mochiten, fan wholesaler.
The company name is changed to "IBASEN" by Saburo 10th generation.
Ansei 2
(1855)
Ansei Earthquake: The family loses an heir.
Meiji Restoration
(1868~1889)

Although affected by the loss of the "shogunate warrant" business, the company continues to work as a publisher of ukiyo-e woodblock prints and sell calendars.


Naokichi Yoshida, 13th generation, pushes forward the calendar table business as a semi-main product.

Taisho 12
(1923)
The store was destroyed by fire in the Great Kanto Earthquake.

New Ibasen building after the Great Kanto Earthquake in Taisho area
The relocation notice immediately after the Great Kanto Earthquake.
Showa 9
(1934)
Reorganised as Ibasen Co., Ltd.
Showa 20
(1945)
World War II: The store is spared from damage in an air raid on Tokyo.
Showa 51
(1976)
Nobuo Yoshida, 14th generation, engaged in the family business.
Showa 60
(1985)
Nobuo Yoshida became the fourth representative director. The calendar business is discontinued. Concentrates on his main business of selling fans and folding fans.
Heisei 20
(2008)
Ibasen website launched.
Heisei 24
(year 2012)
Ibasen Ukiyoe Museum opened on the first floor of the building by Chuo City's Machikado Exhibition Hall project. Free Admission.
Now We have been selling fans since the late Edo period and have become a long-established company of fans, folding fans, and Japanese paper products.

The "Ibasen version" paintings of the time can now be seen not only in museums in Japan, but also in prominent museums abroad, including the British Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Van Gogh Museum.
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