HIYOSHIYA CRAFT-LAB is a research institute founded by Kotaro Nishibori, representative of long-established Kyoto umbrella workshop “Hiyoshiya”.
Hiyoshiya, the starting point of our laboratory, is a Japanese style umbrella that remains only in Kyoto. Based on the philosophy “Tradition is continuous innovation in tradition” Tradition has developed a design product that makes use of traditional technology, has expanded to more than 15 countries around the world. ? We also offer this know-how · network to business operators aiming for overseas deployment in the same way, and the company TCI Institute, Limited, started departing from 2012, in hopes that it would be useful for the promotion of traditional industries widely (2016 We made it into a company in year).
The Advisory Business of HIYOSHIYA CRAFT-LAB consistently covers “new product planning and development” matching local needs, holding exhibition business talks for buyers, and “world exhibition exhibition” and “after-follow” We support it finely.


  • Business Name:

    HIYOSHIYA CRAFT-LAB (TCI Laboratory Co., Ltd.)

  • CEO & Director:

    Kotaro Nishibori

  • Capital:

    10,000,000 yen

  • Founded in:


  • Employees:


  • Services:

    Product Development / Overseas Marketing, Sales & Promotion Support

  • Main Bank:

    Kyoto Bank / Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank

  • Main Customers:

    Kyoto City / Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN (in no particular order)

  • Affiliated Groups:

    Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Hiyoshiya Corporate Group


Born in Shingu, Wakayama in 1974, Kotaro Nishibori is the fifth generation successor of Hiyoshiya, a maker of Kyo-wagasa (Kyoto-style traditional umbrella). After studying in Canada, his professional life began back in his hometown as a local government interpreter. Intrigued by the charm of the Kyo-wagasa at his wife’s family business, Hiyoshiya, he soon left his stable job to pursue a career of craftsmanship. In 2004, he was appointed to lead Hiyoshiya as its fifth generation successor. Following the credo, “Tradition is Continuing Innovation”, he focused on new products that respect the tradition of wagasa while adapting the traditional construction and techniques to new designs.
He endeavored to make Hiyoshiya a global, yet long-established, venture corporation.
In collaboration with a network of designers, artists, an architects at home and abroad, he has been active in international exhibitions since 2008. The KOTORI line of wagasa-inspired lighting decor was a focal point in developing overseas markets. MOTO, a configurable light fixture made with steel and ABS, received international acclaim in 2011, winning the iF Product Design Award. Cross-genre collaboration became a top priority, including a “Wagasa Dress” project with a bridal gown designer which appeared in the Paris Collection 2011, “Kasaan (umbrella tea house)” in collaboration with a tea master and architect, and more.
In 2012, the years of experience and networks developed at Hiyoshiya were used to establish T.C.I Laboratory (now HIYOSHIYA CRAFT-LAB), where Nishibori serves as CEO and Director, providing support to traditional craft industry clients with product development and overseas marketing. HIYOSHIYA CRAFT-LAB has helped a variety of clients on over 400 overseas projects.
In 2015, he founded the corporation, Blancs Manteaux Co., Ltd., together with like-minded French and Japanese companies and opened Atelier Blancs Manteaux, a flagship showroom space with a 180m sq space in Paris’ Le Marais District. Promoting and selling select made-in-Japan products, the space is a hub for new product collaborations with international designers.
Authored Book: “How to Sell Traditional Craftsmanship to the World: The Global Niche Strategy of a Local Company” (Gakugei Publishing)



    • Street address

      203 Tateyashiro Kitahan-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0098 JAPAN

    • business hours

      10: 00 ~ 17: 00 Closed holiday: Sunday · New Year’s holiday

    • access

      Bus: From Kyoto Station, take bus No. 9 or 12 bound for Shijo Kawaramachi and get off at [Tenjin Koen-mae]. 10 minutes on foot.
      Subway: 15 minutes on foot from Municipal Subway Karasuma Line [Imadegawa Station].
      Automobile: From the Meishin Express 【Kyoto south IC】 R1 R1 Kitako. Go north from Gojo Horikawa intersection.
      Horikawa Temple Inui intersection In the east [Ningoroji Horyuji temple] gate.
      Parking lot: 1 car


    • Street address

      2-18-17 Kojima Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0056 Wood Building Building 4F

    • business hours

      10: 00 ~ 17: 00 Closed holiday: Sunday · New Year’s holiday

    • access

      Subway: Toei Oedo Line / Tsukuba Express [Shin Okachimachi Station] One minute walk from the A4 exit.