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Takaoka city in Toyama prefecture is known as a production area of metal casting where they have 90% of the market share in the production of metallic articles for Buddhist rites in Japan. It was here that YAMAGUCHI KYUJO Co., Ltd. was founded in 1907 and while continuing wholesale and planning of traditional Buddhist objects, the company has also been developing unique products focusing on the sound of “Orin” (a type of bell), which is originally a part of Buddhist altar fittings. The current president, Mr. Toshio Yamaguchi has been pushing forward with the development of a new style of Orin which can be used as a lifestyle product with the wish of establishing a new genre of items for daily life beyond their ritual function. The effort resulted in the launch of a brand, “Kyujo Orin” which offers various use of Orin, such as door hanging bells or bell instruments. In 2010, the company displayed this brand during the Tokyo International Gift Show for the first time and they received the grand prize in the Craft Design Award. The event had created the chance to expand their sales channels to department stores and lifestyle shops that could not be obtained through the distribution network for ritual objects. The beautiful sound of Orin will cross the borders of religion and countries and bring peace of mind to people around the world.


Flagship Products

Buddhist Orin, ”Joko-rin”


Kyujo Orin, “Yurin” series


Kyujo’s musical bells “Tenku”


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