The shrine and temple builder Tobei-Masataka Takenaka created the basis of our company in 1610 in Nagoya. Takenaka has been in family hands for over 400 years and is currently in the 17th generation of Toichi Takenaka.
Takenaka is always mindful of its roots. Adapted and reinterpreted to modern requirements, their legacy persists, and they continue to go from strength to strength. The combination of tradition and modernity runs as a common thread through both the past and present of Takenaka, as is clearly illustrated in the following examples.
In 1984, Takenaka founded the “Takenaka Museum of Woodworking Tools” in Kobe to provide future generations with insight into the tools used for working with wood, complex wood construction techniques, and their rich tradition in Japan. The museum concept brings the craftsmanship of carpenters and woodworkers together with the engineering sciences of civil engineers and architects. With the museum and its associated activities, Takenaka is preserving an important cultural heritage for the future. In 1984, the museum moved into a modern new building constructed in wood.