Tokyo Ivory Arts and Crafts Association


At Cites COP15 held in March 2010, the amendment proposal submitted by Tanzania and Zambia to downlist their African elephants from appendix I to II as well as their proposal for the export quota of ivory were unfortunately rejected.

In CITES, ivory export countries need to prove that they protect live elephants, manage ivories of naturally dead elephants, strengthen domestic controls including poaching countermeasures and that the number of elephants is surely on the increase. However, the present status indicates that a large sum of expenses is being required for that management. As a matter of fact, especially the elephants in southern Africa are clearly increasing.

Japan, on the other hand, is currently approved by CITES as a trading partner and under the supervision of regulatory authorities, we as an association, strictly comply with “the Law for the conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” the legislation provided to protect wildlife creatures, so that Japan can continuously keep its position as an appropriate import country. Besides, we have been making every effort towards conservation of elephants over the years.
We cherish and utilize the ivory which is a gift of Mother Nature, continue our traditional cultures and make ivory arts and crafts.

According to CITES, African elephant range states can utilize funds from ivory sales only for the conservation of elephants. In other words, elephants can be safeguarded by the ivory trade. We would like to continue our efforts in future enabling more people to understand that utilization of ivory can serve conservation.

Stabilization through CITES in the future supply of ivory as a raw material will make it possible for the producing countries to secure funds for elephant conservation and for us to produce ivory arts and crafts to hand over the traditional cultures to future generations. Therefore, we will continue to work actively to achieve that goal.

Go Tsurumi, Chairman
Tokyo Ivory Arts & Crafts Associations

Association summary

List of the officers

Director general : Go Tsurumi
Management director : Youhei Motohashi
Director : Mitsuyoshi Yamamoto
Director : Tsuyoshi Okada
Director : Yasuhiro Ishibashi
Director : Takatsugu Okuma

auditor : Toshiaki Tsujita
auditor : Kouichirou Kitagawa
Counselor : Minoru Sakurai
Advisor licensed tax accountant : Asami Accounting Firm

The development of the association

February, the 20th year of Meiji:Tokyo carving craft assembly is found.

The 37th year of Meiji : Tokyo ivory carving trade association is organized in the trader group of Tokyo carving craft assembly member.

The 16th year of Showa : Along with the enforcement of the industry association law due to the controlled economy of the wartime, Tokyo ivory carving trade association is changed to Tokyo export carving craft enterprise association.

The 21th year of Showa : After the war, by the guidance of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tokyo export carving craft enterprise association is dissolved. Tokyo ivory arts and crafts association which included traders and craftsmen is found.

October 30, the 42nd year of Showa : Tokyo ivory arts and crafts association is dissolved, Tokyo ivory arts and crafts association is found, until now.

Business outline

(businesses which are actually done)
(1) The joint purchase of the raw material.
(2) The exchange meeting of the ivory and product
(3) The execution of the joint advertisement business
(4) Holding of the exhibition and exhibition for immediate sale

About the authorization seal

Do you know it?

A government authorization seal was stuck to the ivory processing product.

To do the Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora more effectively,"Law for the Conservation of Species" is carried out.The authorization seal (Mark stamp) which government authorized is being attached to the ivory processing product manufactured by the ivory which obtained properly by this. 

Be satisfied with the traditional beauty of this ivory craftwork.

The skill of the tradition and the beauty of the eternity that have been succeeded to for a long time. The noble luster that is transmitted to the deep place of our hearts,and the delicate work technology which makes use of that nobility for,have taken high evaluation as the art goods with value getting over the age. Be satisfied with the deep noble taste only in the original ivory. 


List of the members of the association

Arai shoten/(04936)
6-18-10 South Shinagawa Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0004, Japan
TEL 03-3474-7289
Ishibashi zougeten Corporation/(00649)
3-11-1 Kuramae Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0051, Japan 
TEL 03-3866-1484 FAX 03-3851-3573
Eda zougeten/(00459)
5-9-6 Monma Miyashiromati MinamiSitama-gun Saitama 345-0823, Japan 
TEL 0480-32-3807 FAX 0480-32-3807
C/O Soude
1-12-5 Mukougaoka Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 118-0023, Japan
Ohkuma zouge seisakujyo Corporation/(00450)
1-9-2 Kotobuki Taitou-ku Tokyo 11-0042, Japan 
TEL 03-3841-8648 FAX 03-3842-5658
Okada zougeten Inc./(00475)
1-3-5 Komagata Taitou-ku Tokyo 111-0043, Japan 
TEL 03-3841-5266 FAX 03-3841-5277
Katayama seisakujyo/(00451)
2-7-18 Motoki Adati-ku Tokyo 123-0853, Japan 
TEL 03-3889-0435 FAX 03-3889-0435
Kitagawa zougeten Corporation/(00361)
8-12-10 Chuou Oota-ku Tokyo 143-0024 Japan 
TEL 03-3751-8151 FAX 03-3751-8166
Kitagawa zougehin seisakujyo/(00340)
1-29-16 Ishihara Sumida-ku Tokyo 130-0011, Japan 
TEL 03-3624-0850 FAX 03-3624-0856
Koiso zougeten/(00469)
1-13-11 Tomioka Koutou-ku Tokyo 135-0047, Japan 
TEL 03-3641-0939 FAX 03-3641-0789
Sakurai gebori seisakujyo/(00514)
1-51-2 Toushincho Itabashi-ku Tokyo 174-0074, Japan
TEL 03-3955-1805 FAX 03-3955-1805
Daigo zougeten Inc./(00487)
663-1 Hikawacho Souka-shi Saitama 340-0034, Japan 
TEL 0489-25-1930 FAX 0489-25-1999
3-302 Komagome Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0003, Japan
TEL 03-3917-5026
Tsuge seisakujyo Corporation/(00526)
4-3-6 Kotobuki Taitou-ku Tokyo 111-0042, Japan 
TEL 03-3845-1221 FAX 03-3845-1225
Tsujita shoten/(00410)
4-23-5 Sendagi Bunkyou-ku Tokyo 113-0022 Japan 
TEL 03-3821-2287 FAX 03-3821-2287
Tsuchiya sangyo Corporation/(00486)
3-29-10 Asakusabashi Taitou-ku Tokyo 111-0053, Japan 
TEL 03-3861-4621 FAX 03-3864-6267
Tsurumi zougeten Corporation/(00265)
1-43-16 Komagome Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0003, Japan 
TEL 03-6902-9787
Hirata zougeten/(00517)
3-6-4 HigashiKanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0031, Japan 
TEL 03-3861-3781 FAX 03-3861-3781
Makino kyodai shokai/(00392)
6-2-32 Yanaka Taitou-ku Tokyo 110-0001, Japan 
TEL 03-3821-4787 FAX 03-3822-8632
Matsuzaka zougeten/(00318)
4-11-5 SotoKanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0021, Japan 
TEL 03-3251-5018
Motohashi zougeten/(00490)
4-23-2 Taitou Taitou-ku Tokyo 110-0016, Japan 
TEL 03-3831-9636 FAX 03-3835-0297
Yamamoto zougeten Inc./(00511)
4-3-1 Tamachi Aoi-ku Shizuoka-shi Shizuoka 420-0068, Japan 
TEL 054-374-9774 FAX 054-374-9774
C/O Wakana
7-17-15 Yanaka Taitou-ku Tokyo 110-0001, Japan
RinshuDou Corporation/(00297)
Sunmax bld. 4-47 Nakagawara Gihu-shi Gihu 502-0013, Japan
TEL 058-295-3353 FAX 058-294-0020
2-16-2 HigashiIkou Adati-ku Tokyo 121-0801, Japan 
TEL 03-5839-3222 FAX 03-5839-3244
Maekawa zougeten(01009)
1-15-2 Kashiwai Hanamigawa-ku Chiba-shi Chiba 262-0048, Japan  
TEL 043-259-5822 FAX 043-259-5822
2-5-1 Misuji Taitoh-ku Tokyo 111-0055, Japan 
TEL 03-5809-3535 FAX 03-5809-3535

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Tokyo Ivory Arts and Crafts Association

3-26-3 west Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
TEL 03-3841-2533 FAX 03-3841-2557

Transportation Information

Corporation subway,Ginza line/Asakusa,Tahara-cho station walking 10 minutes
• Metropolitan subway, Asakusa line/Asakusa station walking 10 minutes
• Tobu line/Asakusa station walking 10 minutes
• Metropolitan bus/west Asakusa 3 walking 5 minutes