Kiwaya Kiwaya Website

Amuse Ukulelia Rose Plastic Soprano Ukulele Corner
My Amuse Rose
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Kiwaya are a Japanese manufacturer founded in 1919 by Kiwaya Shokai. After the "Ukulele Craze" of the post war occupation in Japan they persevered with Ukuleles and are now arguably, Japan's foremost Ukulele manufacturer. They certainly have a reputation for producing high quality Soprano, Concert and Tenor scale instruments and well as running a proper Ukulele museum. As well as producing Ukuleles under their own name the also appear to own a number of other brand names and they are a major distributor of other quality brands within Japan. To add to my difficulty in understanding the makeup of this business there is a website for the export market and another for the local market in Japanese that is much larger with a lot more product ranges but it looks like those Ukuleles branded Kiwaya are only for export as this site doesn't feature them?
Because, with some of the brands, I am unsure if they own/produce or just distribute I will list them separately

Amuse

Limited edition plastic range produced in conjunction with Sekiguchi Kazuyuki. They were produced in China in 2011 as 3 soprano models Ukelelia, Peace and Pineapple (Pink, Green and Orange)

FT

This is some kind of collaboration with T's Guitars to produce a range of high quality Ukuleles. They come as either Sopranos or Concerts, (with no long neck options), in laminate koa or mahogany and are made by T's Guitars for Kiwaya. the F T is a combination for Famous and T's. in 2008 a high gloss red or blue model they called Me * Star was made but production ceased in 2011

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