Takeshi Yamanaka already knew at the age of six that he would one day be running Maruni Wood Industry, the Hiroshima furniture company founded by his great uncle, Takeo. Takeshi’s father, uncle and grandfather all served as company president and in more than 80 years of business Maruni has only ever had one president, briefly, who wasn’t a Yamanaka. Takeshi tried to resist by going away to university, moving to the States and working as a banker in Tokyo, but nine years ago he bowed to the inevitable and came home just as the business was exper…
Hiroshi and Yoichi Yamanaka
Maruni headquarters near Hiroshima
Company logo on the hard hats
A worker checking the quality of chairs
Sanding a Hiroshima chair
Tools with the craftsmen’s name on them
From left: Takeshi, Yoshifumi, Hiroshi and Yoichi Yamanaka
Statues of Takeo (right) and Tadashi Yamanaka
A factory machine for curving
Hand-finishing a chair frame
Stocks of wood
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