HERITAGE AND HISTORY

PLAY

The beginning was a single baseball.

  • 1906
    Rihachi Mizuno and his younger brother Rizo found MIZUNO Brothers Ltd. in Osaka. The shop sells western sundries, including baseballs.
  • 1907
    Sales of order-made athletic wear begin.
  • 1910
    The shop moves to Umeda Shinmichi in Osaka and its name is changed to MIZUNO Shop.
  • 1911
    Production of sporting goods is planned.
  • 1912
    Tokyo branch opens.
  • 1913
    MIZUNO Shop begins to manufacture baseballs and gloves.
  • 1914
    Dojima Factory opens. Full-scale production of sporting goods begins.
  • 1916
    MIZUNO calls for standardization of hard baseballs.
  • 1917
    Izuhi and cup marks are registered as MIZUNO trademark.
  • 1918
    MIZUNO begins to sell a variety of products under distinctive names, including "over sweaters,""cutter shirts,""boston bags"and "run pants."

Since the very old days

  • 1921
    Planning for production of golf clubs begins.
  • 1923
    Domestic production of skis begins.
  • 1927
    New headquarters building is completed in Yodoyabashi, Osaka.
  • 1929
    Rihachi Mizuno visits Europe and the United States.
  • 1933
    Star Line, the first Japanese made golf clubs, go on sale.
  • 1934
    Tokyo Itabashi Factory opens.
  • 1938
    Select Scientific Laboratory (today's Technology Development Division) is established.
  • 1939
    Shanghai Mizuno Corporation Ltd. is established.

Conveying the joy of sports to people again

  • 1940
    MIZUNO's type 301 Soarer glider sets new records for altitude and flight duration.
  • 1942
    Company name is changed to MIZUNO Co., Ltd.
  • 1943
    Yoro Factory opens.
  • 1955
    Rihachi Mizuno receives the Award of Merit from the All Japan HS Baseball Federation.
  • 1956
    Rihachi Mizuno is awarded the Medal with a Blue Ribbon for philanthropy.
  • 1957
    MIZUNO develops and patents an injection-molded, compressed plastic bat.

Follow the athletes who make a spectacular showing

  • 1962
    MIZUNO is listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • 1965
    World's largest golf factory opens in Yoro.
  • 1965
    1st Grand Monarch Golf Tournament is held.
  • 1969
    Rihachi Mizuno is appointed Chairman, and Kenjiro Mizuno President, of MIZUNO Corporation.
  • 1971
    Rihachi Mizuno is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1972
    MIZUNO is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.
  • 1977
    MIZUNO golf clubs are enshrined in the American Golf Hall of Fame.

Proceed to a new age with a new Mizuno

  • 1980
    MIZUNO introduces CIS.
  • 1981
    MIZUNO RunBird Co., Ltd. is established.
  • 1982
    Vanguard drivers, the first golf clubs with carbon heads, go on sale.
  • 1982
    RunBird athletic shoes go on sale.
  • 1985
    Production of MIZUNO sportswear in China begins.
  • 1986
    MIZUNO starts golf workshops in Europe.
  • 1987
    MIZUNO Shop begins to manufacture Sports wears in US.
  • 1989
    1st MIZUNO Tokyo Open Golf Tournament is held.
    MIZUNO Corporation of America is established.
  • 1990
    Ti-110 and Ti-120, the world's first golf clubs incorporating pure titanium, go on sale.
  • 1991
    MIZUNO shoes sets the100m dash world record(9.86s) in Tokyo.
  • 1992
    MIZUNO Osaka head office is established.
  • 1992
    Notus golf clubs go on sale and are a big hit due to a new product plan and a winning marketing strategy.
  • 1993
    MIZUNO Corporation of Hong Kong Ltd., a production management company for the Asian region, begins operations.
  • 1994
    Innovative new heat-retaining material Breath Thermo, go on sale.
  • 1996
    MIZUNO develops revolutionary 9-point metal baseball spikes known as Glitter.
  • 1996
    MIZUNO develops Cat Plus, running shoes with enhanced forefoot functionality.
  • 1997
    MIZUNO dissolves MIZUNO Corporation of America and establishes a new subsidiary, MIZUNO USA, Inc.
    MIZUNO Wave shoes with improved stability and cushioning are developed.
  • 1998
    The MIZUNO Open-Road to the British Open golf tournament at Setonaikai Golf Club.
  • 1998
    Baseball glove maker Tsubota receives "Contemporary Master Craftsman"award.

The power of sports

  • 2000
    Products incorporating Ice Touch cooling fabric become a big hit.
  • 2002
    Beyond Max, the industry's first rubber baseball bat using polyurethane on its surface, goes on sale.
    Yoro Factory is reorganized as a subsidiary, MIZUNO Technics Corporation, and meets the environmental target of zero emissions.
  • 2003
    Bat maker Isokazu Kubota receives the Ministry of Labor's "Contemporary Master Craftsman" award.
  • 2004
    MIZUNO enters into partnership agreement with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
  • 2005
    New baseball for professional baseball games goes on sale.
  • 2006
    Brand marks integrated in order to establish a new 100 year brand.
    "MIZUNO Victory Clinic" the skill training and lecture by top athletes started.
  • 2007
    MIZUNO China Headquarters established in the suburbs of Shanghai.
    "Infinity wave" the sola with new technology is developed for Running shoes.
  • 2008
    Establishes of the MIZUNO Corporation Australia Pty Ltd.
  • 2010
    "PRECISION FIT ONLINE" the online shoe fitting system is developed.
  • 2011
    Signed for Osaka marathon.
  • 2012
    MIZUNO Italy is established by finalizing a contract to take over its Italian distributor, Alto.
  • 2013
    Establishes of the MIZUNO Korea Ltd.
  • 2014
    Establishes Mizuno Singapore Pte. Ltd. and Thai Mizuno Co., Ltd.
    Establishes a Design Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • 2015
    Establishes Mizuno Norge AS.
  • 2016
    Opens "Mizuno Running Shop" in Taiwan.
    Signs a multiyear partnership with Atlanta Braves.
1906
Rihachi Mizuno and his younger brother Rizo found MIZUNO Brothers Ltd. in Osaka. The shop sells western sundries, including baseballs.
1907
Sales of order-made athletic wear begin.
1910
The shop moves to Umeda Shinmichi in Osaka and its name is changed to MIZUNO Shop.
1911
Production of sporting goods is planned.
1912
Tokyo branch opens.
1913
MIZUNO Shop begins to manufacture baseballs and gloves.
1914
Dojima Factory opens. Full-scale production of sporting goods begins.
1916
MIZUNO calls for standardization of hard baseballs.
1917
Izuhi and cup marks are registered as MIZUNO trademark.
1918
MIZUNO begins to sell a variety of products under distinctive names, including "over sweaters,""cutter shirts,""boston bags"and "run pants."
1921
Planning for production of golf clubs begins.
1923
Domestic production of skis begins.
1927
New headquarters building is completed in Yodoyabashi, Osaka.
1929
Rihachi Mizuno visits Europe and the United States.
1933
Star Line, the first Japanese made golf clubs, go on sale.
1934
Tokyo Itabashi Factory opens.
1938
Select Scientific Laboratory (today's Technology Development Division) is established.
1939
Shanghai Mizuno Corporation Ltd. is established.
1940
MIZUNO's type 301 Soarer glider sets new records for altitude and flight duration.
1942
Company name is changed to MIZUNO Co., Ltd.
1943
Yoro Factory opens.
1955
Rihachi Mizuno receives the Award of Merit from the All Japan HS Baseball Federation.
1956
Rihachi Mizuno is awarded the Medal with a Blue Ribbon for philanthropy.
1957
MIZUNO develops and patents an injection-molded, compressed plastic bat.
1962
MIZUNO is listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1965
World's largest golf factory opens in Yoro.
1965
1st Grand Monarch Golf Tournament is held.
1969
Rihachi Mizuno is appointed Chairman, and Kenjiro Mizuno President, of MIZUNO Corporation.
1971
Rihachi Mizuno is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1972
MIZUNO is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.
1977
MIZUNO golf clubs are enshrined in the American Golf Hall of Fame.
1980
MIZUNO introduces CIS.
1981
MIZUNO RunBird Co., Ltd. is established.
1982
Vanguard drivers, the first golf clubs with carbon heads, go on sale.
1982
RunBird athletic shoes go on sale.
1985
Production of MIZUNO sportswear in China begins.
1986
MIZUNO starts golf workshops in Europe.
1987
MIZUNO Shop begins to manufacture Sports wears in US.
1989
1st MIZUNO Tokyo Open Golf Tournament is held. MIZUNO Corporation of America is established.
1990
Ti-110 and Ti-120, the world's first golf clubs incorporating pure titanium, go on sale.
1991
MIZUNO shoes sets the100m dash world record(9.86s) in Tokyo.
1992
MIZUNO Osaka head office is established.
1992
Notus golf clubs go on sale and are a big hit due to a new product plan and a winning marketing strategy.
1993
MIZUNO Corporation of Hong Kong Ltd., a production management company for the Asian region, begins operations.
1994
Innovative new heat-retaining material Breath Thermo, go on sale.
1996
MIZUNO develops revolutionary 9-point metal baseball spikes known as Glitter.
1996
MIZUNO develops Cat Plus, running shoes with enhanced forefoot functionality.
1997
MIZUNO dissolves MIZUNO Corporation of America and establishes a new subsidiary, MIZUNO USA, Inc. MIZUNO Wave shoes with improved stability and cushioning are developed.
1998
The MIZUNO Open-Road to the British Open golf tournament at Setonaikai Golf Club.
1998
Baseball glove maker Tsubota receives "Contemporary Master Craftsman"award.
2000
Products incorporating Ice Touch cooling fabric become a big hit.
2002
Beyond Max, the industry's first rubber baseball bat using polyurethane on its surface, goes on sale. Yoro Factory is reorganized as a subsidiary, MIZUNO Technics Corporation, and meets the environmental target of zero emissions.
2003
Bat maker Isokazu Kubota receives the Ministry of Labor's "Contemporary Master Craftsman" award.
2004
MIZUNO enters into partnership agreement with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
2005
New baseball for professional baseball games goes on sale.
2006
Brand marks integrated in order to establish a new 100 year brand. "MIZUNO Victory Clinic" the skill training and lecture by top athletes started.
2007
MIZUNO China Headquarters established in the suburbs of Shanghai. "Infinity wave" the sola with new technology is developed for Running shoes.
2008
Establishes of the MIZUNO Corporation Australia Pty Ltd.
2010
"PRECISION FIT ONLINE" the online shoe fitting system is developed.
2011
Signed for Osaka marathon.
2012
MIZUNO Italy is established by finalizing a contract to take over its Italian distributor, Alto.
2013
Establishes of the MIZUNO Korea Ltd.
2014
Establishes Mizuno Singapore Pte. Ltd. and Thai Mizuno Co., Ltd. Establishes a Design Center in Portland, Oregon, USA.
2015
Establishes Mizuno Norge AS.
2016
Opens "Mizuno Running Shop" in Taiwan. Signs a multiyear partnership with Atlanta Braves.