The history of "FUJIIRYOKI"
The history of "FUJIIRYOKI"
In 1954, the world first mass-produced massage chair was developed by FUJIIRYOKI.
FUJIIRYOKI was founded in 1954. Late Nobuo Fujimoto who was the founder and opened "Fujiiryoki Workshop" in Hannamancho, Abeno-ku, Osaka City and this was the beginning. At that time, many Japanese people had gone to public baths in the town.
Fujimoto who was selling scrub brush to wash tiles in public baths thought whether he could do something in the dressing room where people gather and relax for healing the fatigue of the day and he started to develop massage chair.
Early prototypes were made from "mountain of garbage". After trying to assemble from the materials such as woods, baseball softballs, bicycle chains, car handlles many times, the world first mass-produced massage chair "the first machine, FUJIIRYOKI Automatic Massage Machine" was finally completed in 1954.
Only a "knead" massage function was equipped and it is a simple mechanism in which the massage balls move up and down by turning the handle that is placed on the side. It broke down the traditonal idea of "tapping, kneading by human hands or tools" and became revolutionary product like "the machine massage by just sitting on the chair."
Massage chairs have become popular from public baths, hot-spring inn to home and the world to keep supporting people's health. The first machine is the origin of massage chair.
- Establishes Fuji Seisakusho in Hannancho, Abeno-ku, Osaka City, to produce health care equipment
- Develops the first wooden massage chair
- Develops the industry's first 4-ball massage chair
- Reorganizes the company as a corporate body under the name “Kabushikigaisha Fujiiryoki”
- Moves the head office and factory to Sugimotocho, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City
- Patents the Fujiiryoki Massage Chair's "tapping" massage method in the U.S. and obtains exclusivity rights in said country
- Builds and puts the Sakai Factory into operation
- Releases the alkaline water ionizer Trevi FW-5000
- Releases the bedding-type massager Yumegokochi AR-7100(G), which uses airbags
- Releases the Air Massage Chair Royal Chair MC-133, the first massage chair in the industry that only uses airbags
- Releases the Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-001 with a 3D point navigation system
- Wins a Good Design Special Award for the Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX S.O. AS-878-series
- Wins a Good Design Award for the Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-800-series
- Reaches the 50th anniversary of the company’s foundation
- Obtains ISO13485:2003 certification, which is an international standard for “quality management systems for health care equipment”
- Moves the head office to the current location
- Opens the Tokyo Showroom
- Completes the Osaka Factory and a new office building in Taishicho, Minamikawachi-gun, Osaka Prefecture
- Wins a Good Design Award for the Massage Chair KN-10/KN-15 KEN OKUYAMA Model
- Wins a Good Design Award for the Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-960
- Reaches the 60th anniversary of the company’s foundation
- Becomes a group company of Asahi Holdings, Inc.
- Receives Mechanical Engineering Heritage No. 68 certification from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineer for the Fuji Automatic Massage Machine
- Releases the Massage Chair CYBER-RELAX AS-1000
- Jointly develops “Automobile Relaxation Seats” with Toyota Modellista International Corporation
- Releases the Low-style Massage Chair H AS-LS1
- Releases the Auto Core Training FF-100