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Majesty Ukuleles


Thanks for taking the time to visit my website.
I would like to tell you about my background.
As a boy, I spent most of my time in my uncle's guitarshop when I was not playing baseball or hanging out with friends. I used to pick up leftover tonewood pieces from garbage bins and had a great time making something out of them.
My uncle owns a world-reknowned guitar building company in Gifu,Japan.
My father was the chief guitar builder there until 2002.
He built exclusive custom-made guitars for musicians around the world for forty-two years.
He often worked on weekends, so I used to accompany him to his workshop.
I still remember looking up at all acoustic guitars, which were taller than myself, and trying my hand at Japanese saws and hammers.
When I was about seventeen, music became my life and guitars fascinated me.
I developed a high respect for my father as a luthier.
When I turned twenty, I accompanied my uncle on his business trip to L..A.
I was immersed in a world I only knew through magagines and CD's.
The trip had an enormous impact on me. I was electrified by the culture, food, language and everything else and wished someday to live in Noth America.

Majesty Ukuleles
Handmade in British Columbia Canada
As a typical Japanese university graduate, I became a corporate employee, a "salaryman." With an irresistible passion for guitars and wood working, I started doing some woodwork in a corner of my uncle's guitar shop on weekends;
I yarned "to pursue my dream and live without regret." Back then, at first, my father did not allow me to build an instument.
He did not even let me touch the woodworking machine tools. I was only allowed to use a workbench and traditional hand tools such as saws, chisels and planers.
Nevertheless, with leftover pieces of mahogany, rosewood and spruce from the workshop, I managed to make variety of things including pencil stands, jewelry boxes, cutting boards and Japanese wooden sandals "Geta."
I was greatful that the training I had in those days helped me to estabilish my instrument building style today.
After I mastered the hand tools, I moved on to make my first instrument, a ukulele. Why not a guitar?
I followed my father's advice that "Ukulele making is not that simple as you might think, it involves fundamentals one should know for making guitars."
I will never forget the moment I completed my first ukulele. I decided to quit my job and live as a luthier.
In December 1996, I came across a special article about Larrivee Guitars in the Japanese magagine"Acoustic Guitar (Book 4)."
The renowned Canadian guitar builder, Jean Larrivee, had combined traditional craftsmanship with high tech.
This impressed me and I hoped to see his guitar shop with my own eyes.
It was not long after that I found myself in Vancouver with my ukulele. I was luckey to have a chance to speak with Jean Larrivee himself who was plannning to build ukuleles. He let me visit his shop twice a week for the next three months.
I learned that the method of guitar building in Canada was quite different from the methods used by most of the Japanese builders.
I earnestly wished I could work with these craftmen, even for a short time.
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After returning to Japan, I applied for a working holiday visa hoping that this would allow me to work at Larrivee Guitars.
While waiting for the visa, I endeavoured to work hard at my uncle's guitar shop where I witnessed some of Japan's master craftsmen's hand work in progress. During this time, I was given full responsibility as a fretting expert to finish fingerboards on every guitar that was built in the shop..
In 1999, I was granted a one-year working holiday visa.to come to Canada and my dream to work at Larrivee Guitars came true.
Once there, I was overwhelmed by the artistic inlays and the CNC machine in the shop.
I was there to work, but also felt as if I was taking a shop tour every single day, and exchanged information with craftsmen in different sections. I made several friends through guitar building there. By the end of my stay, I came to believe that Vancouver was the place for me to further and deepen my understanding of guitar building where the world's best spruce and maple trees were found locally and the humidity was thought to be ideal for building instruments. I decided to move to Vancouver.
In April 2000, I returned to Japan and founded the "Majesty" Brand.
I handpicked and purchased Koa wood in Hwawaii to build ukuleles and chose "Koa Enterprises" as the company name.
My ukuleles have been sold at a ukulele specialty shop, Akio Instrument, in Ochanomizu, Tokyo since January 2001..
I started a shop at the back of my home and began to build ukuleles.
I was producing four handmade ukuleles a month, which were available in about twenty kinds of models.
In June 2002, I moved to Vancouver, Canada as a landed immigrant and relocated to North Vancouver.
Ukulele building opened many doors in my life. Everyone, who came across my ukuleles, whether in Japan or Canada, no matter where they came from, greeted me with smiles.
I have made friends through ukuleles-this is how I met my wife!! I continue to revere these friendships extended to me and I am excited about meeting more people..
I plan to build mandolins and guitars in the future, but I am determined to continue building ukuleles. The reason ? Ever since I built my first ukulele, I've been fascinated by the healing sound of ukulele.
I will continue to pursue this "soothing."
My goal is to build ukuleles that make people recall times spent on the beech and send important messages to loved ones, and most of all , make everyone happy!!
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