ABOUT US

About Us

Watabe Wedding Group has undertaken a variety of CSR initiatives including those related to our corporate activities as a provider of wedding services and those that contribute directly to global cooperation and environmental issues.

WATABE WEDDING BALI

Watabe promotes CSR initiatives overseas such as the excavation of water wells in Myanmar.

about us

Watabe Wedding Group has undertaken a variety of CSR initiatives including those related to our corporate activities as a provider of wedding services and those that contribute directly to global cooperation and environmental issues.

Among our initiatives that comprise the latter of these two. We undertook a joint program with NPO Bridge Asia Japan (BAJ) to provide support for the construction of buildings and water wells in Myanmar starting from 2006.

Our keenest desire is to provide women and children suffering from lack of water in villages throughout the dry regions of Myanmar with a means to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle. From that desire, we cooperated in the construction of more than 100 water wells, our next goal was construction of an elementary school.

Thanks to contributions from costumers and employees, we achieved this goal in September 2010.

Building an elementary school that is available for any child who wants to study gives us great satisfaction for being able to bring hope and encouragement to the children of Myanmar.

HISTORY

  1. Founded in 1953

    Rental of Kimono

    Watabe Ishoten Started with basic idea of the founder Fuji Watabe, who had volunteered to lent out her own wedding outfit free of charge.

    • September 1953

      The original Watabe Ishoten was founded at Ichijoagaru, Omiyaderi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto.

    • October 1964

      Watabe Ishoten was incorporated as a private limited company.

    • 1967

      The wedding facility Jukoden started business.

  2. 1970s

    First overseas business in Hawaii

    In the 70s, overseas wedding ceremonies were hardly common, we opened our Honolulu office in 1973. In our first year, we achieved our target of 1,000 weddings.

    • August 1970

      A new headquarters showroom was established at Karasuma Demizu (currently the site of Kyoto Grand Plaza).

    • April 1971

      The original private limited company was reincorporated as a joint stock company and renamed K.K. Watabe Ishoten.

    • September 1977

      The first location in Tokyo metropolitan area opened in Shinjuku

    • April 1979

      The first location in Osaka opened in Shinsaibashi.

    • June 1979

      The first location in the continental US opened in San Fransisco.

    • October 1989

      Watabe U.S.A. Inc. was established in California.

  3. 1990s

    Expansion of overseas network

    Start of manufacturing businessStart of manufacturing business

    We expanded our overseas network of wedding chapels to include North America, Europe, and Australia. We are also started a dress factory in Shanghai, China.

    • February 1993

      Watabe Wedding (Shanghai) Co, Ltd. was established in Shanghai, China for manufacturing wedding dresses.

    • April 1993

      Introduction of an ordering system for custom-marie wedding dresses.

    • May 1993

      After establishment of Watabe Australia Pty, Ltd. Gold Coast and Sydney facilities opened in October.

    • January 1994

      Hanayome Monogatari (The Bride’s Story), a series of products combining rental of Japanese formalwear (kimono) with photography services was launched.

    • March 1995

      Miyako Emaki (Kyoto Picture Scrolls), a series of products featuring Japanese-style wedding ceremonies in Kyoto was launched.

    • April 1995

      First location in Kyushu opened in Sasebo.

    • June 1995

      Watabe Guam, Inc. was established and the Guam branch opened.

    • October 1995

      Cairns location opened.

    • February 1996

      Watabe Europe S.A.R.L was established in France.

    • March 1996

      Travel service business started

    • August 1996

      Company name was changed to Watabe Wedding Corporation.

    • October 1997

      Watabe Wedding Co, Ltd. A Watabe subsidiary was established in Shanghai, China to provide wedding services for the local community

    • December 1997

      Listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange as well as on the Kyoto Stock Exchange.

    • January 1998

      John Dominis Chapel by the sea opened in Hawaii as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility overseas.

    • April 1999

      The first location in Hokkaido opened in Sapporo.

    • July 1999

      Ordering system for custom-made tuxedos introduced.

    • November 1999

      San Vitores Bayside Chapel opened as wholly self-operated party facility in Guam.

  4. Since 2000

    Start of domestic Wedding Services

    In 2004, Meguro Gajoen wedding facilities joined Watabe Wedding Group. We expanded our wedding ceremony services to resort and tourist areas such as Okinawa, Hokkaido, and Kyoto.

    • September 2000

      Ho’ao opened as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated party facility in Hawaii.

    • November 2000

      Sanctuary Cove Chapel opened as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility in Australia.

    • November 2000

      Listed on Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The headquarters was moved to bukkoji Karasumadori.

    • October 2001

      St. Angelo Chapel opened as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated facility in Saipan.

    • April 2003

      Photo album factory opened in Shanghai, China.

    • December 2003

      Okinawa Watabe Wedding Corporation was established and Naha facility opened.

    • March 2004

      Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Stock Exchange.

    • April 2004

      Aqualuce Chapel Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility in Okinawa opened in Onna Village.

    • May 2004

      Watabe affiliated Meguro Gajoen a wedding facility located in Meguro Tokyo.

    • April 2005

      Shanghai Saison Tuxedo Co, Ltd. was established in Shanghai, China for manufacturing tuxedos.

    • October 2005

      Te Quiero was established as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated party facility in Guam.

    • December 2005

      Watabe Wedding Vietnam Co, Ltd. was established for manufacturing wedding dresses.

    • December 2006

      Blue Aster opened as Watabe’s first directly-operated wedding party facility in Guam

    • May 2007

      Watabe Enterprises Corporation was established in Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, and took over operation of Fukuoka Yamanone Hotel in August.

    • August 2007

      Watabe Wedding HK Limited was established in Hong Kong, China.

    • September 2007

      Erythrina Nishihara Hills Garden opened Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility in Nishihara, Okinawa.

    • October 2007

      Watabe Wedding Hong Kong opened as the first facility in the industry specifically offering overseas weddings for foreigners.

    • April 2008

      DVD Editing Center opened in Naha, Okinawa.

    • August 2008

      Mielparque Corporation was established in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and in October took over operations of 11 Mielparque facilities of the Yu-Cho Foundation.

    • March 2009

      Watabe Wedding Taiwan Limited was established in Taiwan.

    • June 2009

      Watabe Wedding Taiwan opened, the branch offers overseas weddings for foreigners.

    • March 2010

      Watabe Affiliated Grace Hill who served weddings in the local community, as the first wedding facility in Taipei, Taiwan.

    • February 2011

      Watabe Singapore, Ltd was established in Singapore, and in April it began operation of Chijmes Hall, offering wedding services for the local community.

Japan Office

Corporate Name
WATABE WEDDING CORPORATION
Head Office
Shijokarasuma FT Square, 20 Naginataboko-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8540, Japan
Tokyo Office
Yaesuguchi Kaikan 7F 1-7-20 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0028, Japan
Founded
July 20, 1953
Date of Establishment
October 3, 1964

Bali Office

Corporate Name
PT. Watabe Bali
Date of Establishment
March 1, 2005
Bali Office:
Jl. By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No.89X, Kedonganan, Kuta Bali – Indonesia
Telephone
+62 361 703710 / 703148
Facsimile
+62 361 705758
Email
info-bali@watabe.com