Exploring the roots of
our silk-based era
Shinano Kenshi was founded in 1918 in the town of Maruko, Nagano prefecture as “Shinano Kenshi Boseki Co., Ltd.” The company name was intended to mean “the first silk spinning company in Nagano.”
Its founder, Yukinori Kaneko, started the business along with Zensuke Kudo, president of Yoda Co., which was a successful exporter as part of the silk union. In wartime, every single screw of equipment was carefully stored, with the belief that they needed to prepare for re-start of production when times of peace returned. As soon as the war ended, they were able to quickly reassemble the spinning machines and resume production.