The Joy of Nikuman
In hamlets and villages across Japan, life revolves around a routine of tilling the soil, gathering the crops, preparing food and eating it.
To escape the monotony of this endless repetition, people gradually change the foods they eat and the ways they cook them along with the shifting seasons.
At its very heart, the monotonous repetition of tilling the soil, gathering the crops and eating is life itself.
“The Best Treats Are Those That Nature Gives Us”
This is a phrase my mother was fond of saying when she ran Ikoi Shokudo, her shop in the remote countryside of Kagoshima Prefecture. When spring came, she began preparing for winter; before winter arrived, she was already preparing for spring. Her life revolved around the changing of the seasons.
This is the spirit behind the phrase that now inspires us at Kagurazaka Gojuban: “The most precious thing to a person is food.” This is the reason why Kagurazaka Gojuban continues to thrive to this day. Today, as part of the Sixth Industrialization Plan (which is in part a rural revitalization plan), Kagurazaka Gojuban is partnering with a company that handles pork quality control, throughout the entire value chain from livestock rearing to food processing, resulting in products with greater transparency. Through this partnership, we mainly use ingredients whose producers and places or origin are known.
To implement rigorous quality control in our handmade Nikuman, we are planning a new Food Processing Center in Tokyo.
As a global company, Kagurazaka Gojuban is moving forward with preparations to meet international standards, including equipment certification under HACCP and quality-control certification under ISO22000.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will soon captivate the attention of the world. We are working hard to make Kagurazaka Gojuban Nikuman, a storied brand in Edo-style Chinese food, a part of the “JAPAN” brand, with the same delicious taste our customers have enjoyed for decades.
To live is to eat. As a company, we will continue to champion this idea, as we invite the world to enjoy the irresistible flavors of Japan.
President and Representative Director
Kagurazaka Gojuban Co., Ltd.
The Chinese steamed buns and dim sum of Kagurazaka Gojuban are prepared lovingly by hand, one by one, from fresh, carefully selected, Japan-farmed ingredients in season, using traditional skills passed on from the generation that founded our company in 1957. For a shop of excellent quality and trustworthiness, whose wares you can enjoy with complete confidence, look no further than Kagurazaka Gojuban.
Kagurazaka Gojuban operates five permanent shops in central Tokyo: Daimaru Tokyo Store, connected directly to Tokyo Station; Matsuya Ginza Store, linked directly to Ginza Station; Tobu Ikebukuro Store, directly connected to Ikebukuro Station; Ikebukuro Shopping Park (ISP) Store; and Shinjuku Odakyu Ace Store, directly linked to Shinjuku Station. Today, Kagurazaka Gojuban has a sixth location: the Kagurazaka Gojuban Flagship Store, built on the site of our predecessor’s shop in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka district.
Kagurazaka Gojuban also sells its trademark Chinese steamed buns, dim sum and other treats at special events throughout Japan. Today, we continue to preserve the traditional techniques handed down to us from our predecessor, never forgetting the original spirit of our founders.
Originally operated by our predecessor, “Gojuban Kagurazaka Honten” is managed by a separate company. “Kagurazaka Gojuban” is our sole trademark (Trademark Registration No. 4527956). Moreover, “Meguro Gojuban” is also a separate company, established through the assistance of our predecessor.
|Company name||Kagurazaka Gojuban Co., Ltd.|
|Representative director||Ryusaku Nakajima, President|
|Headquarters||7F, Mikami Bldg., 6-66-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Tel: 03-6280-8588 / Fax:03-5228-8455
|Kagurazaka Flagship Store||1F, Oumiya Bldg., 4-3 Kagurazaka Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Tel / Fax: 03-5228-8450
|Daimaru Tokyo Shop||B1F, Hoppe Town, 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6701
Tel / Fax:03-3211-1523
|Matsuya Ginza Shop||B1F, Matsuya Ginza, 3-6-1, Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Tel / Fax:03-3535-5450
|Tobu Ikebukuro Shop||B2F, Deli Market Tobu Ikebukuro Honte, 1-1-25, Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8512
Tel / Fax:03-3981-0533
|Odakyu Ace Shoppingmall Shop||North Building East., Odakyu Ace Shoppingmall, 1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023
Tel : 03-5989-0570 / Fax : 03-5989-0571
|Ikebukuro Shopping Park Shop||B2F, South Bldg., 1-29-1, Minamiikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8532
Tel / Fax:03-6709-0991
|Oyama Plant||32-5 Oyamakanaicho Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-0024
Tel: 03-3554-0650 / Fax: 03-3554-0665
|Date established||May 8, 2015|
|Description of operations||Production and sales of prepared Chinese foods|
|Capital||50 million yen (as of June 24, 2017)|
|Number of employees||50|
|Main trade partner||Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co., Ltd.
Tobu Department Store Co.,Ltd.
Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Ikebukuro Shopping Park Co.,Ltd.
|Correspondent bank||Resona Bank, Limited Shinjuku Branch|
|February 1, 1957||The company’s predecessor establishes Yugengaisha Gojuban.|
|August 2, 1983||To open a location within a department store, Yugengaisha Kagurazaka Gojuban is founded.|
|October 21, 1997||The company takes over the Kagurazaka Honda Yokocho factory from its predecessor, and begins spin-off sales operations as Yugengaisha Kagurazaka Gojuban.|
|May 21, 2001||Yugengaisha Kagurazaka Gojuban moves its plant to the current plant site.|
|August 22 2012||A retail store at Daimaru Tokyo department store opens.|
|December 1, 2012||A retail store at Tobu Ikebukuro department store reopens after a major refurbishment.|
|May 8, 2015||Kagurazaka Gojuban Co., Ltd. is established.|
|August 1, 2015||The company takes over department store sales operations.|
|September 15, 2015||A retail store at Matsuya Ginza department store reopens after a major refurbishment.|
|October 1, 2015||The company increases its capital from ¥10 million to ¥30 million.|
|December 1, 2015||The company takes over production operations at Oyama Plant.|
|May 16, 2016||A retail store at Emio Musashi-Sakai opens.|
|June 30, 2016||A retail store at Shinjuku Odakyu Ace opens.|
|March 25, 2017||A retail store at Ikebukuro Shopping Park opens.|
|June 24, 2017||The company increases its capital from ¥30 million to ¥50 million.|
|November 30 2017||The company terminates operations at Emio Musashi-Sakai.|
|December 10, 2017||The company opens its flagship store at Kagurazaka in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, the area where the company was established.|