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Kisaku Iobe, as a craftsman and an entrepreneur
"I wasn't particularly interested in becoming a furniture craftsman", Iobe says. However, his unyielding competitive nature kicked in when he began his apprenticeship.
"There were many apprentices at the factory, and I was always thinking how I could make it nicer and quicker than others. How could I create a product that pleases its users? That was my aim.
I took many trips to furniture shops and hotels to study on my day off". He was unsparing in his efforts to make every minute count to better himself.
 
     
"At the end of the day, I looked over all the paperwork for each of our jobs. There weren't many workers interested in doing that. My fellow workers were astonished with me".
Beginning with his apprenticeship, Iobe also sought to understand the needs of his clients. He learned everything from cost estimate to actual furniture production process. That apprenticeship laid the ground work for IYOBE's skills, today.



Trust, and a reputation built on a long history of hard work.
"While my friends from junior high school advanced to a high school and onto a university, I become an apprentice with a chair maker. I wanted to stand on my feet before anybody else in my generation become adults".
     
The chairs play an active part in the Diet Building. They have a traditional structure and straw stuffing.
  Iobe had set the goal to become an accomplished and independent chair maker before his classmates graduated from college, at the age of 22. The trust and reputation he acquired from his hard-work and effort is now the backbone of his business. Today, his furniture is not only used in homes but also in public facilities such as government offices as well as the National Guest Palace, the Diet Building, an airport, a bank, and a library.



Furniture with soul.  That is IYOBE's Style.
"Don't spare any effort. Each piece of furniture must meet rigorous standards",
Iobe says. "An important aspect of furniture making is to not cut corners. Always love your products. I want my chairs passed down from parent to child, then to the grandchildren a generation from now. The same applies to our furniture used in the public facilities. These high standards are the basis of our credibility and reputation.
What is it that sets IYOBE's furniture apart from other competent furniture manufactures? That sprit and soul of his craftsmanship.
 
Kisaku Iobe is passionate about his creation.
     



The master craftsman contemplates his next creation
  The IYOBE Co., Ltd. Started with 3 members and has grown to employ a team of 130 furniture makers. We asked Iobe, who has been awarded the title of "master craftsman" by the Japanese government, about his next goals. "I would like to build a small school where I can pass down the craftsmanship and standards I learned from my master. I want the young people of the future to carry on our traditions. That is my dream".
     
  brandsn@SUMI-GOROMO