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Mon, 2014-09-22 16:41

Issue Date: 22 September 2014
Reporting Period: 15 September 2014 – 21 September 2014

Business of the Week
Name: Takahashi-en (new client)

Takahashi-en is located in the Tachimachi Shopping Street, a 5-minute walk away from Ishinomaki Station. This 80-year-old business is run by 79-year-old Mr. Jinji Takahashi, second-generation shop owner. To this day, he runs the shop and greets their regular customers with his wife every day.


Takahashi-en's owner, Jinji Takahashi

Before the tsunami, they widely distributed their tea to Minami-sanriku, Ogatsu, Oshika Peninsula, and all across Ishinomaki. Since the Tachimachi Shopping Street is located on higher ground, damage was less compared to other surrounding areas. Even so, the 70cm-high water caused damage to the teas and utensils, in some cases sweeping them away. They were also greatly impacted by the loss of business from their vendors located along the coastline that were completely destroyed by the tsunami.

They are now mostly selling their products through a website that has developed and been maintained by their eldest son, Kenji, who lives in Kanagawa. They sell their products on Rakuten Marketplace, where Jinji ships the orders when a purchase is made. Sales are becoming stable. However, Jinji aims to expand their customer reach, and to begin selling tea-making utensils with hopes to spread the joy of tea. He has over 100 different tea-making utensils at his store including chasen (tea whisks), chawan (tea bowls), fukusa (a small silk cloth used in tea ceremonies), natsume, furo, karakane, and tetsukama. Some of them are priced at a couple-hundred-thousand yen. Since these items are not currently on their website, they approached MakiBiz for help to expand their sale of utensils.

MakiBiz will match them with professional support to expand their market so that this long-established store can continue to stay in business using the current technology, and create a ripple-effect among small businesses along Tachimachi Shopping Street.


Takahashi-en, located in Ishinomaki's Tachimachi Shopping Street


Tea-making utensils sold in store



  1. Project Updates
    • Client In-take
      • GREEN: on-going
      • Total number of business owners that we contacted to date: 187 (+1 since last report)
      • Total number of jobs created or recovered: 514 (+/- 0 since last report)


    • MakiBiz Build Back Better Tohoku Request for Proposal program
      Konpiramaru
      Finished marking the site. Working with the construction company to adjust schedule.
      Tamiko Abe
      The carpenters have began pre-cutting material.
    • Business Support Projects
      • Kesennuma Shipyard Group
        Received a rough estimate from Penta-Ocean Construction Company. Explained their business plan to Shichiju-shichi bank, Iwate bank, Tohoku bank, Sendai bank, Kesennuma credit bank, and Northern Japan bank.
        - The project is schedule for completion in Spring 2017
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Kisaka Attorney

      • Sato Shipyard Group
        Reconsidering the design of the facility. Spoke with the Miyagi Prefecture's Fishing Port division about when they would need to submit their detailed request for relocation compensation. They will be receiving their relocation compensation details next week.
        - The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Consultant K, Asia Kousoku, Team-O, Nihon Hoist, Zeniya Kaiyo Service, Wakachiku Construction, Kisaka Attorney, Kaneda Social Insurance Office

      • Suzuki Shipyard Group
        Met with engineering consultants to discuss crane equipment changes, and draw a plan. Spoke with the cost estimator to discuss how the changes in crane equipment would affect the budget. Crane maker TTS came to explain their plan and estimate. Will discuss more about crane equipment changes next week.
        - The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2016.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Wakachiku Construction Company, Kanda Communications

      • Shojinbori Shipyard Group
        Continuing to discuss about potential relocation sites.
        - The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Nihon Hoist

      • Ogatsu Shipyard Group
        Preparing to establish a Godo Kaisha. Aiming to finish this process net week, to submit a certified copy to Nippon Foundation.
        - The project is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners, Aku Aku Architecture, Wakachiku Construction Company, Kanda Communications

      • Kikuzakari Sake Brewery
        Has reached 19.2% of their goal of raising 13,000,000 yen, with 102 people contributing. Will meet next week to discuss remaining product stock.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Office Itsuki, Kisaka Attorney

      • Yamagataya
        Construction budget has been set. Working on adjusting budget for equipment. Will work to modify their business plan with a regeneration support organization.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Nissho Partners

      • Hamagurihama Project
        Scheduling a meeting with Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Tohoku Kyoeki Kikin

      • Baikado
        Working on market research at their Honmachi store in Shiogama.
        - MakiBiz Supporters: Kaneda Social Insurance Office, Communa Translation Design

    • Other Projects
        Three and a half years have past since the tsunami. Those in temporary homes moving into longer-term housing must think about their livelihoods. With the hope that these individuals won't give up on their dreams and will continue to look forward into the future in these tough circumstances, Dream Map approached MakiBiz to host a "Dream Map Seminar." Dream Map is a self-awareness tool to express one's goals, and remind him/her to stay on course. MakiBiz coordinated collaboration with Ishinomaki NOTE, who provides young generations with employment support, to hold a seminar on September 29. Currently Dream Map is working on crowd funding, while Ishinomaki NOTE and MakiBiz work together to gather participants.


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