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.
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.
The original Watabe Ishoten was founded at Ichijoagaru, Omiyaderi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto.
Watabe Ishoten was incorporated as a private limited company.
The wedding facility Jukoden started business.
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.
A new headquarters showroom was established at Karasuma Demizu (currently the site of Kyoto Grand Plaza).
The original private limited company was reincorporated as a joint stock company and renamed K.K. Watabe Ishoten.
The first location in Tokyo metropolitan area opened in Shinjuku
The first location in Osaka opened in Shinsaibashi.
The first location in the continental US opened in San Fransisco.
Watabe U.S.A. Inc. was established in California.
Expansion of overseas network
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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.
Watabe Wedding (Shanghai) Co, Ltd. was established in Shanghai, China for manufacturing wedding dresses.
Introduction of an ordering system for custom-marie wedding dresses.
After establishment of Watabe Australia Pty, Ltd. Gold Coast and Sydney facilities opened in October.
Hanayome Monogatari (The Bride’s Story), a series of products combining rental of Japanese formalwear (kimono) with photography services was launched.
Miyako Emaki (Kyoto Picture Scrolls), a series of products featuring Japanese-style wedding ceremonies in Kyoto was launched.
First location in Kyushu opened in Sasebo.
Watabe Guam, Inc. was established and the Guam branch opened.
Cairns location opened.
Watabe Europe S.A.R.L was established in France.
Travel service business started
Company name was changed to Watabe Wedding Corporation.
Watabe Wedding Co, Ltd. A Watabe subsidiary was established in Shanghai, China to provide wedding services for the local community
Listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Stock Exchange as well as on the Kyoto Stock Exchange.
John Dominis Chapel by the sea opened in Hawaii as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility overseas.
The first location in Hokkaido opened in Sapporo.
Ordering system for custom-made tuxedos introduced.
San Vitores Bayside Chapel opened as wholly self-operated party facility in Guam.
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.
Ho’ao opened as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated party facility in Hawaii.
Sanctuary Cove Chapel opened as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility in Australia.
Listed on Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The headquarters was moved to bukkoji Karasumadori.
St. Angelo Chapel opened as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated facility in Saipan.
Photo album factory opened in Shanghai, China.
Okinawa Watabe Wedding Corporation was established and Naha facility opened.
Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Stock Exchange.
Aqualuce Chapel Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility in Okinawa opened in Onna Village.
Watabe affiliated Meguro Gajoen a wedding facility located in Meguro Tokyo.
Shanghai Saison Tuxedo Co, Ltd. was established in Shanghai, China for manufacturing tuxedos.
Te Quiero was established as Watabe’s first wholly self-operated party facility in Guam.
Watabe Wedding Vietnam Co, Ltd. was established for manufacturing wedding dresses.
Blue Aster opened as Watabe’s first directly-operated wedding party facility in Guam
Watabe Enterprises Corporation was established in Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, and took over operation of Fukuoka Yamanone Hotel in August.
Watabe Wedding HK Limited was established in Hong Kong, China.
Erythrina Nishihara Hills Garden opened Watabe’s first wholly self-operated wedding facility in Nishihara, Okinawa.
Watabe Wedding Hong Kong opened as the first facility in the industry specifically offering overseas weddings for foreigners.
DVD Editing Center opened in Naha, Okinawa.
Mielparque Corporation was established in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and in October took over operations of 11 Mielparque facilities of the Yu-Cho Foundation.
Watabe Wedding Taiwan Limited was established in Taiwan.
Watabe Wedding Taiwan opened, the branch offers overseas weddings for foreigners.
Watabe Affiliated Grace Hill who served weddings in the local community, as the first wedding facility in Taipei, Taiwan.
Watabe Singapore, Ltd was established in Singapore, and in April it began operation of Chijmes Hall, offering wedding services for the local community.