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Christopher Columbus and Our Company Name

In 1948,we changed the company name to The COLUMBUS Co.,Ltd., written in katakana,the Japanese syllabary used for foreign loan words.
Today,companies with katakana names are commonplace, but for us it was a bold innovation,part of our effort to rebuild from the ashes of defeat.

Our motivation for the change was to focus attention on our trademark,“Columbus,”which we had been using since the company was founded. With the change of name, we adopted “Columbus means shoe polish”as our company slogan.

We hoped,of course,to trade on Christopher Columbus’s fame as the discoverer of the New World.

In Italian,Columbus’s native tongue,“Columbus”is rendered as “Colon,”which means “dove.”Father Peter Joseph,formerly president of SophiaUniversity,explains that Colon refers to the dove of peace.

In 1492,when Columbus set sail westward ,bankrolled by Isabella,Queen of Spain,he was dreaming of reaching Zipangu,the realms of gold, the“1 Milione”Marco Polo had described:Japan. Instead, he reached the Bahamas and claimed them for Spain on his first voyage.

On his fourth and final voyage, having reached land somewhere near the Panama Canal,he believed himself on an island adjoining Zipangu.Thus,Our company name also symbolizes Christopher Columbus’s lifelong dream of reaching Japan.

 

Outline of The Company

head office
Company Name The Columbus Co., Ltd.
Since 1919
Establishment June, 1948
President Akito Hattori
Main customers Department stores, Shoe chain stores, Sport shops, Supermarkets, Drug stores, etc.
Bankers MIZUHO BANK,LTD.(Kaminarimon Branch)
MUFG BANK, LTD.(Asakusa Branch)
SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION(Asakusa Branch)
Brands COLUMBUS, BOOT BLACK, VEGAN, CRYSTAL, KNIGHT, LEATHRIAN, PIKAT, etc.
Subsidiaries Clothry Co., Ltd.
Type of business Manufacturers of Shoe Polishes, Shoe Care Products, Shoe Finishing Chemicals,Floor Waxes,Leather Finishing Chemicals,etc. Exporters & Importers of above products.
Address 16-7 Kotobuki 4 chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-8610
TEL:81-3-3844-7119
(Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station MAP)
Christopher Columbus The company name

 

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Opening hours Mon~Fri AM9:00~12:00 PM13:00~17:30
Address 16-7 Kotobuki 4 chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-8610
TEL:81-3-3844-7119
(Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station MAP)

 

Matsudo Factory

Address 569-1 Kami-Hongo, Matsudo-si, Chiba, 271-0064
TEL:81-47-367-3221
(JR Joban Line Kitamatudo Station MAP)

 

Tokyo Shoe accessories Factory

Address 2-17-8 takaramachi, katusika-ku, tokyo, 124-0005
TEL:81-3-3693-3419
(Keisei Main Line Ohanajaya Station MAP)
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