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Hello Everybody,
My name is Andrea from Corsa Classic (corsaclassic.com), currently working on a poster map of Japan displaying more than 120 classic brands.
I am looking for some experts in bike brands and framebuilders (not the recent one but mainly with historic relevance) that can help me in check the map and let me know in case we missed something or made some mistake with their location.
Here below a preview of the map, which is going to be distributed as a printed foldable poster. I will show higher res for the volunteers!

Thank you in advance! Also for any general suggestions about it!
 

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I don't see the radish (ravanello!) of Ravanello, or the R of Ravanello -- but come to think of it, perhaps Ravanello has used other designs as well, and perhaps one of these other designs appears on the in the map.

It would help if the image were a lot bigger, but I understand why you wouldn't want to do that. Then how about a simple, alphabetically ordered list of names? Then we could check that Amuna, Baramon, Equilibrium, Iribe, Iso, Kenko, Kyokutō, Ohtaki, Reminton, Sanko, Vogue, Yamaguchi, Yanagi, Zebra etc etc are in the list .

[If you ever revise your British map, don't forget Ken Ryall!]
 
I don't see the radish (ravanello!) of Ravanello, or the R of Ravanello -- but come to think of it, perhaps Ravanello has used other designs as well, and perhaps one of these other designs appears on the in the map.

It would help if the image were a lot bigger, but I understand why you wouldn't want to do that. Then how about a simple, alphabetically ordered list of names? Then we could check that Amuna, Baramon, Equilibrium, Iribe, Iso, Kenko, Kyokutō, Ohtaki, Reminton, Sanko, Vogue, Yamaguchi, Yanagi, Zebra etc etc are in the list .

[If you ever revise your British map, don't forget Ken Ryall!]

Good idea, appreciated! No problem to share the list!
I am looking for feedback about locations, names and also whether they have partecipated in Keirin (at least once in their history).
Thank you!

BrandLocationKeirinActivity
3Rensho (Cyclone)ChibaYesFrames / Bicycles
Alps (Hiroshi Hagiwara)TokyoFrames / Bicycles
AmandaTokyoFrames / Bicycles
ArayaOsakaRims
AriakeMaebashiSaddles
Azuki (Kawamura Cycle Co.)KobeFrames / Bicycles
Baramon (Masao Kodama)KurumeYesFrames / Bicycles
Bennyx (Marubeni Yamaguchi)TokyoComprehensive Manufacturers
Bomber ProSaitama pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
Bridgestone AnchorAgeoYesFrames / Bicycles
C. ItohAgeoFrames / Bicycles
Cat EyeOsakaLights & Reflective
Centurion (Kawamura Cycle Co.)KobeFrames / Bicycles
Chair (Arai Industrial Co.)AisaiComponents
Cherubim (Shinichi Konno)MachidaYesFrames / Bicycles
CivrasIbaraki pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
Dia-CompeOsakaBrakes
DID (Daido Kogyo Co.)KagaChains
DNBTokyoComponents
DontzerFujiminoYesFrames / Bicycles
Eimei (Masao Funakubo)TokyoFrames / Bicycles
Erba (Sou Hagiwara)KyotoFrames / Bicycles
Everest (Kajiwara / Tumematsu)TokyoFrames / Bicycles
Extar ProtonOsakaFrames / Bicycles
FujiMachidaFrames / Bicycles
FujitaTokyoSaddles
Gan Well (Yoshio Chiba)KyotoYesFrames / Bicycles
Georama (Koki Makita)Shizuoka prefYesFrames / Bicycles
GinrinanOsakaFrames / Bicycles
Giro (Shojiro Iwai)KurumeYesFrames / Bicycles
HattaSakaiHeadsets / Bottom Brackets
HikoImbariYesFrames / Bicycles
Hirose HidetakaKodairaFrames / Bicycles
HKK (Hokoku Chain Manufacturing Co.)TokyoChains
HolksTokyoFrames / Bicycles
HoshiSakaiSpokes
HozanOsakaTools
IRC TireNagoyaTires / Tubulars
Iribe MasanoriNara pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
IshiwataKawasakiTubes
IzumiOsakaChains
KabukiAgeoFrames / Bicycles
KaiseiSukagawaTubes
Kalavinka (Akio Tanabe)TokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
Kashimax (Kashima Saddle Mfg. Co.)OsakaSaddles
Katakura SilkTokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
Kawamura Cycle Co.KobeFrames / Bicycles
King SpeedOsakaYesFrames / Bicycles
Kiyo MiyazawaTokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
KKT (Kyokuto Manufacturing Co.)IsahayaPedals
Koga (Miyata)KanagawaFrames / Bicycles
KuwaharaOsakaFrames / Bicycles
Levant (Masahiro Higashikawa)KawachinganoYesFrames / Bicycles
Level (Sumio Matsuda)TokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
Lotus (Tsunoda)NagoyaFrames / Bicycles
Makino MasahikoAbikoYesFrames / Bicycles
MaruishiOsakaComprehensive Manufacturers
MarukinOsakaFrames / Bicycles
MatexYaoAccessories
MinouraGodoTrainers
MiyataKanagawaFrames / Bicycles
MizushimaOsakaYesFrames / Bicycles
MizutaniTokyoFrames / Bicycles
MKS (Mikashima Works)SaitamaPedals
Mori IndustriesTokyoComprehensive Manufacturers
Nagasawa YoshiakiKashiwaraYesFrames / Bicycles
NakagawaOsakaYesFrames / Bicycles
NambeiFukuokaYesFrames / Bicycles
Niitaka?Frames / Bicycles
Nishiki (Kawamura Cycle Co.)KobeFrames / Bicycles
NITTOSaitamaStems / Handlebars
NJS (Nihon Jitensha Shinkōkai)TokyoOrganization
Norco (Kawamura Cycle Co.)KobeFrames / Bicycles
O.G.K.TokyoWaterbottles / Grips
OhtakiTokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
Osca (Takumi Ogasawara)YukiYesFrames / Bicycles
PanaracerTambaTires / Tubulars
PanasonicKashiwaraYesFrames / Bicycles
Peloton (Shitamori)OkayamaYesFrames / Bicycles
Per Gita (Noboru Sasashima)TokyoFrames / Bicycles
PrestoTottoriYesFrames / Bicycles
ProcyonAichi pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
Raizin (Osamu Fukuda)KiryuFrames / Bicycles
Rap (Yoshimasa Nemoto)Chiba pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
RavenelloTokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
Reminton (Teruo Kasuga)Gunma pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
Rinsei LabMokaYesFrames / Bicycles
Sakae SRNagoyaComponents
Samson (Tetsuro Harada)FukuokaYesFrames / Bicycles
SankoshaTokyoComponents
Sannow TakahashiTokyoFrames / Bicycles
SanwaTokyoFrames / Bicycles
SekineTokyoFrames / Bicycles
ShimanoSakaiGroupsets
Shimazaki YukiTokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
ShogunHyōgoComprehensive Manufacturers
SoyoOsakaTires / Tubulars
Stratos (Murayama)SagamiharaYesFrames / Bicycles
SuginoSakaiCranksets
SunShineNaganoHubs
SuntourTokyoGroupsets
SuzueOsakaHubs
Taihei (Elina)OsakaSaddles
TakagiSakaiCranksets
Takahashi PressNagahamaLugs
Takara (Kawahara Company)OsakaFrames / Bicycles
TangeSakaiTubes, Lugs
ToeiKamiaokiFrames / Bicycles
ToyoOsakaFrames / Bicycles
TsunodaNagoyaFrames / Bicycles
Ukai (Yanagihara)GifuRims
Umezawa MasashiEhime pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
UnivegaKanagawaFrames / Bicycles
Uno (Fujishiro)Chiba pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
Venus (Yamada)TokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
VigoreKyotoYesFrames / Bicycles
Vista?Frames / Bicycles
Vivalo (Shuichi Kusaka)Hyogo pref.YesFrames / Bicycles
Vogue (Hiroshi Takahira)KanagawaYesFrames / Bicycles
Wander VogelOsakaFrames / Bicycles
Watanabe (Shoji)TokyoYesFrames / Bicycles
Win KusukiSakaiStems / Handlebars
YamamotoSendaiYesFrames / Bicycles
YanagisawaTokyoFrames / Bicycles
Zebra KenkoTokyoFrames / Bicycles
ZunowUozuYesFrames / Bicycles
 
It's cool to see DID on there! It may be pedantic, but you have their location listed as "Kaga", they are located in the Kaga region of Ishikawa prefecture. And depending on your definition competing in Keirin, they have. They make an NJS Keirin chain.
 
Amvna
A frame builder in Sendai. He has now retired. The name was pronounced "Amuna", but (as in classical Rome) always written "Amvna". http://amvna.blog68.fc2.com/

Equilibrium
The man used to make steel frames but now seems to be titanium-only. https://www.equilibriumcycleworks.com/

"Iso"
I mentioned this earlier. Sorry, my mistake: please ignore. (I'd misremembered the name Osca.)

Miyata
Was/is this really in Kanagawa-ken? In or near Osaka, I had always thought.

"Nagasawa Yoshiaki": This may well be the man's name, but the brand is "Nagasawa".

"NITTO". This is not an abbreviation; no need to capitalize. "Nitto" is good.

"Ravenello"
Please no! Ravanello. Based in Nerima-ku, a place that's famous for its daikon, i.e. radishes. Thus its radish image, which you can find at for example http://web.archive.org/web/20150422033239/http://www.ravanello.com/bike/

Reminton
Yes. You may find that people, particularly Americans, will insist on "correcting" this to "Remington"; however, it was consistently spelt with no "g". Yes, Gunma-ken; but more specifically Maebashi.

"Sankosha"
"Sha" is a suffix meaning "company". You could legitimately attach it to many of these names, and some companies do use it as part of their brand name. But I think that Sanko derailleurs were branded "Sanko" and not "Sankosha" or "Sanko-sha". I could be wrong….

"Sannow Takahashi"
The brand was plain "Sannow", I think.

Vogue
In Kanagawa-ken, yes; but more specifically Kamakura (The address was/is Kamakura, but it would normally be considered Ofuna. http://eastbred2.blog71.fc2.com/blog-entry-6217.html )

Yamaguchi
I don't know when this disappeared, but in its day it was one of the big names (with Miyata, National [later renamed Panasonic], Bridgestone, Maruishi, etc)

Yanagi
In Kamagaya, Chiba-ken https://www.yanagicycle.com/
 
Amvna
A frame builder in Sendai. He has now retired. The name was pronounced "Amuna", but (as in classical Rome) always written "Amvna". http://amvna.blog68.fc2.com/

Equilibrium
The man used to make steel frames but now seems to be titanium-only. https://www.equilibriumcycleworks.com/

"Iso"
I mentioned this earlier. Sorry, my mistake: please ignore. (I'd misremembered the name Osca.)

Miyata
Was/is this really in Kanagawa-ken? In or near Osaka, I had always thought.

"Nagasawa Yoshiaki": This may well be the man's name, but the brand is "Nagasawa".

"NITTO". This is not an abbreviation; no need to capitalize. "Nitto" is good.

"Ravenello"
Please no! Ravanello. Based in Nerima-ku, a place that's famous for its daikon, i.e. radishes. Thus its radish image, which you can find at for example http://web.archive.org/web/20150422033239/http://www.ravanello.com/bike/

Reminton
Yes. You may find that people, particularly Americans, will insist on "correcting" this to "Remington"; however, it was consistently spelt with no "g". Yes, Gunma-ken; but more specifically Maebashi.

"Sankosha"
"Sha" is a suffix meaning "company". You could legitimately attach it to many of these names, and some companies do use it as part of their brand name. But I think that Sanko derailleurs were branded "Sanko" and not "Sankosha" or "Sanko-sha". I could be wrong….

"Sannow Takahashi"
The brand was plain "Sannow", I think.

Vogue
In Kanagawa-ken, yes; but more specifically Kamakura (The address was/is Kamakura, but it would normally be considered Ofuna. http://eastbred2.blog71.fc2.com/blog-entry-6217.html )

Yamaguchi
I don't know when this disappeared, but in its day it was one of the big names (with Miyata, National [later renamed Panasonic], Bridgestone, Maruishi, etc)

Yanagi
In Kamagaya, Chiba-ken https://www.yanagicycle.com/

Thank you very much for all these great info!
You know I am Italian and Ravanello is an Italian word I well be aware of, but it was a typo! Thanks for spot that too!
 
Sorry, I read too carelessly. You wrote "not the recent one but mainly with historic relevance". This rules out both Equilibrium and Yanagi.
 
I think stick to prefectures. eg you have Bridgestone Ageo and Nitto Saitama. Nitto is in Kawaguchi Saitama but most of your listings are prefectures.
 
Well, I was wrong about Sanko(sha): here we see that it called itself "Sankosha" in roman letters and 三光舎 (i.e. Sankōsha) in Sino-Japanese script.
 
Amvna
A frame builder in Sendai. He has now retired. The name was pronounced "Amuna", but (as in classical Rome) always written "Amvna". http://amvna.blog68.fc2.com/

Equilibrium
The man used to make steel frames but now seems to be titanium-only. https://www.equilibriumcycleworks.com/

"Iso"
I mentioned this earlier. Sorry, my mistake: please ignore. (I'd misremembered the name Osca.)

Miyata
Was/is this really in Kanagawa-ken? In or near Osaka, I had always thought.

"Nagasawa Yoshiaki": This may well be the man's name, but the brand is "Nagasawa".

"NITTO". This is not an abbreviation; no need to capitalize. "Nitto" is good.

"Ravenello"
Please no! Ravanello. Based in Nerima-ku, a place that's famous for its daikon, i.e. radishes. Thus its radish image, which you can find at for example http://web.archive.org/web/20150422033239/http://www.ravanello.com/bike/

Reminton
Yes. You may find that people, particularly Americans, will insist on "correcting" this to "Remington"; however, it was consistently spelt with no "g". Yes, Gunma-ken; but more specifically Maebashi.

"Sankosha"
"Sha" is a suffix meaning "company". You could legitimately attach it to many of these names, and some companies do use it as part of their brand name. But I think that Sanko derailleurs were branded "Sanko" and not "Sankosha" or "Sanko-sha". I could be wrong….

"Sannow Takahashi"
The brand was plain "Sannow", I think.

Vogue
In Kanagawa-ken, yes; but more specifically Kamakura (The address was/is Kamakura, but it would normally be considered Ofuna. http://eastbred2.blog71.fc2.com/blog-entry-6217.html )

Yamaguchi
I don't know when this disappeared, but in its day it was one of the big names (with Miyata, National [later renamed Panasonic], Bridgestone, Maruishi, etc)

Yanagi
In Kamagaya, Chiba-ken https://www.yanagicycle.com/

Few questions!
Amuna) I cannto find any headbadge picture or reference, do you have one? It's hard for me to navigate in his website.
Miyata) I have found that information...
Nagasawa Yoshiaki) Yes correct, but I wanted to listed full name where possible
Sannow Takahashi) Yes correct, but I wanted to listed full name where possible
Vogue) Thanks I will correct the location
Yamaguchi) Is he the same of Bennyx (Marubeni Yamaguchi)?
 
On full names. . . .

In Japanese-language conversation, and for official purposes, etc etc, Japanese names are always in the order surname then personal name. (Compare Chinese, Korean, and I think also Hungarian names.)

In English-language contexts they tend to be reversed. This is somewhat problematic. My impression is that most Japanese people, though they may have a preference, don't mind all that much. (I could very well be wrong.) But it's clear that for some, the order matters a lot. If Japanese framebuilders put their entire names on their frames (cf British "Harry Quinn", "Claud Butler", etc), you might have to follow that order; but luckily for you few framebuilders here do this. (Actually I don't remember ever having seen any.)

But I think you should adopt one order or other, rather than a mixture of the two.

Some names you list:

Hiroshi Hagiwara
Masao Kodama
Shinichi Konno
Masao Funakubo
Sou Hagiwara
Yoshio Chiba
Koki Makita
Shojiro Iwai
Kiyo Miyazawa
Masahiro Higashikawa
Sumio Matsuda
Noboru Sasashima
Osamu Fukuda
Yoshimasa Nemoto
Teruo Kasuga
Tetsuro Harada
Shuichi Kusaka
Hiroshi Takahira
Takumi Ogasawara

Each of those is (or looks like) personal name then surname.

Some more names you list:

Hirose Hidetaka
Iribe Masanori
Makino Masahiko
Nagasawa Yoshiaki
Shimazaki Yuki
Umezawa Masashi
Watanabe Shoji

Each of these is (or looks like) surname then personal name.

Incidentally, you have "Tumematsu" somewhere. I suspect that this has a typo or two.

The head builder at Ravanello has long (I think from the start) been 高村精一, Takamura Seiichi (Takamura is the surname).

Amvna's framebuilder was 松本洋一郎, presumably Matsumoto Yoichiro. (Matsumoto is certain as the surname, almost certainly the personal name is Yoichiro. Though actually I'm simplifying throughout. Two examples here: the brand was pronounced not "Amuna" but "Amūna"; and the man's name wouldn't be "Yoichiro" but [probably] "Yōichirō".)

Here is an (unfortunately illegible) map of Japan from 2013. If only somebody had the original and could scan it....
 
As many brands as you have listed here, there are probably even more small framebuilders out there...
I know there's at least one in Fukushima that isn't listed.
I don't really understand the appeal of paying 300,000 yen and waiting a year for a lugged steel frame.
 
@baribari , you might divulge the name of the Fukushima framebuilder(s).

Me, I can understand the appeal of paying two hundred thou and waiting half a year for a lugged or filleted frame. (I'd forgo the chromed lugs, etc.) One reason for a made-to-measure frame is that my legs are slightly long compared with the rest of me. Another is that ready-made frames have to accommodate heavy riders, whereas I'm under 75 kg. Though actually it's been half a century since I had a frame ordered specially for me. (I've also never bought a new bike.) Perhaps I'm just stingy.

(For me, there's no good reason to buy a carbon bike. "The pro racers who do need carbon fiber bikes get them for free. Only the people who don't need them actually pay for them.")
 
There also used to be Zephyr, I believe made in Kichijōji, a western suburb of Tokyo. (Annoyingly for web searches, Zephyr is also a model of Kawasaki motorbike and a model of Neil Pryde bicycle.) Here's an ad for a used Zephyr frame. And from the ad:

Screenshot_2024-02-02_21-21-56.jpg
 
Jingane Jitensha Shōkai is a long-established bike shop in Chōfu, a western suburb of Tokyo. One used to be able to order Pegasus branded frames and bikes there. Here is a page about these.
 
@baribari , you might divulge the name of the Fukushima framebuilder(s).

Me, I can understand the appeal of paying two hundred thou and waiting half a year for a lugged or filleted frame. (I'd forgo the chromed lugs, etc.) One reason for a made-to-measure frame is that my legs are slightly long compared with the rest of me. Another is that ready-made frames have to accommodate heavy riders, whereas I'm under 75 kg. Though actually it's been half a century since I had a frame ordered specially for me. (I've also never bought a new bike.) Perhaps I'm just stingy.

(For me, there's no good reason to buy a carbon bike. "The pro racers who do need carbon fiber bikes get them for free. Only the people who don't need them actually pay for them.")
Sakata san at Abakuma Jitensha Kobo. It's located right next to the local velodrome.
 
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