Jisaburo Teranishi Starts Selling HAND-COMBED NETS FOR HAMMOCKS
Jisaburo Teranishi, the founding father of GTO Co., Ltd, encouraged local people to make hand-combed nets for hammocks as a side business, and began sales of their products. The hammock nets were used in the November 1932 Imperial Japanese Army Special Grand Maneuver and the Imperial Progress to the Provinces, and their quality was highly regarded.
Kihachiro Onitsuka Reorganizes Onitsuka Shokai and Founds Onitsuka Co., Ltd.
1949After being demobilized from war in 1945, Kihachiro Onitsuka worked as a "salaryman" at a trading company in the city of Kobe, for almost three years before resolving to form his own company and produced sneakers for schoolchildren, which were in short supply at the time. In September 1949 he established Onitsuka Co., Ltd. with a capital of 300,000 and four employees. Onitsuka consulted about the business with Kohei Hori, a former comrade in arms who offered as a maxim the words of Juvenal: "If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a sound body" ("Anima Sana in Corpore Sano"). These words made a great impression on Onitsuka, and became the motivating force for him to create good sporting shoes in order to foster healthy young people through sports. Later, they would also become the source of the acronym ASICS.
Mitsuji Teranishi is Appointed Representative Director of Teranishi Genzo Trading Company
Teranishi Genzo Trading Company, the forerunner of GTO Co., Ltd., was established in 1948 in Yao City, Osaka Prefecture. Its capital was \500,000. The company was originally founded in 1895, when Jisaburo Teranishi developed a hand-combed net for hammocks. Starting with nets for hammocks and sports use, the business expanded into mountaineering goods, fishing wear, and skiwear, and in 1949 Mitusji Teranishi was appointed Representative Director. The following year, in 1950, the head office was relocated to Minami Ward, Osaka City.
FIRST BASKETBALL SHOES are Released
SUCTION-CUP BASKETBALL SHOES are Released
Since the release of the Basketball shoes in 1950, Kihachiro Onitsuka had sought to develop shoes with even more stopping power, and had an epiphany one night when he saw vinegared octopus on the dinner table. This is the episode of the development of the Basketball shoes with the Suction Cup.
By deepening a dimples on the whole of soles like octopus suckers, both starting and breaking performance were improved. However, since the first product stopped too well that several athletes got injured, The improvements were made and a more evolved sole was created by cooperation of the Kobe High school.
OK BASKETBALL SHOES are Released
1952The OK basketball shoes were released a high-end model, a popular product of the TIGER mark basketball shoes. The shoes bore the initials of Onitsuka Kihachiro.
Kazuma Usui Founds Usui Meriyasu Works
FIRST VOLLEYBALL SHOES are Released
Shoes for exclusive use of the first volleyball in Japan.The TIGER mark volleyball shoes(A) which was launched for exclusive use of the first volleyball in Japan was released together with TIGER mark Volleyball shoes(B) as sister product. The photo shows "TIGER mark volleyball shoes(A).”
The first Tennis Shoes are released.
The TIGER mark (A)tennis shoes, TIGER mark (B)tennis shoes and TIGER mark Lawntennis shoes are released. The photo shows TIGER mark (A)tennis shoes.
Tiger Rubber Factory, Onitsuka's In-house Factory, is Founded
First MARATHON TABI are Released
Shizo Kanaguri, who participated in the marathon in the Stockholm Olympic Games (1912), and Sohn Kee-chung, who won a gold medal for the Japanese delegation in the marathon in the Berlin Olympic Games (1936), wore tabi socks for their races. At the time, an indoor tabi was still the standard footwear at sports meets in Japan, and the Marathon Tabi was also based on an indoor tabi. A Marathon tabi had the rubber sole to increase wear resistance combined with highly advanced upper featuring the hanging band was added on the arch for improved fit.
TIGER MARK DANCE SHOES are Released
NYLON AFTER SKI BOOTS are Released
"TIGER mark Defensive A type of volleyball shoes" was Released.
As the updated and improved TIGER mark volleyball shoe which was launched in 1953. The attack type and the defenssive type shoes according to the position were completed in 1955. This model is designed exclusively for a defensive player features the sole of the diagonal design inside of the arch for excellent traction on the court. Not only the anteroposterior direction but also the lateral stop, dash is possible.
HIMARAYAN NYLON CLIMBING SHOES are Released
Climbing boots were developed that feature nylon on the outside and cotton for the lining to soften the touch against the foot and prevent stuffiness. In order to ensure the adhesion of the sole and the upper, a component was created that unified the tape and piece parts. While development was an extremely complex process, the finished product had a simple and superior design.
NYLON BASKETBALL SHOES are Released
FIRST GOLF SHOES are Released
Tiger nylon golf shoes were released. It was sporty style golf shoes which had prominent waterproof property, nylon on the upper and spikes on the synthetic resin sole.
GYMNASTICS SHOES are Released
FIRST WRESTLING SHOES are Released
Nylon wrestling shoe was launched in the market. Natural leather was used on both the medial side and lateral side of the toe for a structure that improved durability and adhesive strength at the same time. The metal eyelets were not placed on the outside but hidden to prevent injuries during competitions. The ventilation holes in the toe area were also a notable characteristic. In addition, the rolled design of the sole offered superior traction and slip prevention while also providing for durability. The archetype of the wrestling shoe was already developed at this stage.
TIGER MARK SHINAI SHOES are Released
The basic shoes might be termed the archetype of cloth gymnastics shoes. They were first developed as "Shinai (supple)" shoes, but used for indoor events (gymnastics). The form with an elastic adjustor at the toe and an elastic band that made the arch fit was adopted in later gymnastics shoe designs, and became the standard indoor footwear at Japanese schools and other facilities as well. ※Shinai competition: After the Greater East Asia War end, "Kendo" was prohibited by an occupation army policy, and, by sports devised in 1950, the rule was the approximately same as Kendo.
HIMARAYAN RUBBER SKI BOOTS are Released
Tiger Rubber Factory is Reorganized into Onitsuka Co., Ltd.
TIGER WINNING TENNIS SHOES are Released
TIGER WINNING TENNIS SHOES were released in time for the first tennis boom. A ventilation treatment was carried out to create an upper fabric with breathability. The area around the sole was creative as well, for example the toe was patched with reinforcing rubber for improved wear resistance, an all-sponge midsole was used for arch support, and a special compound was used on the outsole to increase grip on the court surface.
NYLON TIGER AFTER BOOTS (LADIES) are Released
The release of the first women specific shoes of TIGER AFTER BOOTS.
AFTER RUNNER SHOES are Released
The After Runner shoes were developed as the delegation shoes for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The conventional rubber sole(solid rubber) was changed to a synthetic rubber sponge sole, forming a light soft structure for improved flexibility and cushion. The ankle area was designed to protect the Achilles tendon using X-shaped lines.The Olympic edition had two lines in three colors (red, green, white) to hold the ball of the shoe.
SPRING UP SHOES traning shoes are Released
The shoes were the first produced in the world as specialty training shoes with rubber sponge soles to protect sprinters' and jumpers' jumping muscles and Achilles tendon. The cushioning on the ball and the heel were further improved by combining conventionally used cushioning material with varying degrees of firmness.
Teranishi Genzo Trading Company Completes Head Office
FIRST SQUARE MESH NETTING MACHINE for Sports is Completed
HIMALAYAN TIGER NYLON CLIMBING BOOTS are Released
The HIMALAYAN TIGER Nylon climbing boots became the archetype of the HIMALAYAN series. There are many common points in design, reinforcing, stitching, and sole design, such as the positioning of sponge in the ankle area, the attachment of a lifting belt on the arch and the sole designed to improve grip.
GOOD SHOT MARK NYLON GOLF SHOES are Released
The upper utilizes Nylon materials enable to shelter from the rain while the synthetic resin sole design is light enough not to tire the user even on a long-distance course.
SUPER HIMALAYAN NYLON CLIMBING BOOTS are Released
The pinnacle of ASICS mountain climbing shoes which passed the first of the official approval system of the Japan Mountaineering Association. The upper utilized a nylon material that shows the effect in rainy weather while a non-slip metal piece provided improved a safeguard required for mountain climbing.
SUPER MARUP Marathon Shoes are Released
The MARUP marathon shoes were born in 1953. After a series of design and materials improvements, in 1959, The SUPER MARUP was released as lightest shoes for road races at the time. The name MARUP was a synthesis of the words “marathon” and “up."
Tennis Shoes, Gold Tiger are released
It adopted herringbone sole for the first time to react to movement on coats such as stop and sprint.