In 1935, Mizuno opened its first sales headquarters in Osaka. ‘Yodoyabashi’ was the tallest building in its area and became a symbol of Mizuno’s progressive nature. When moved to its current office in 1992, Yodoyabashi was converted into it’s flagship store at the heart of the city that grew around it.
The company’s unique family management allowed a focus on research, design and development, creating highly sophisticated technical products. The performance of Mizuno’s equipment came to the attention of America and Europe’s leading sportsmen as they sought every means to set new sporting boundaries. It’s popularity amongst these sporting icons initiated the export of Mizuno products and the start of Mizuno’s global business. Having offices in Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Atlanta, Shanghai, Hong Kong and London reflects Mizuno’s current international status.
The company now has a permanent place in sporting history. Carl Lewis, Ivan Lendl, Severiano Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Rivaldo, and the New Zealand All Blacks all reached the pinnacle of their sports with it’s equipment. Mizuno is a keen supporter of the Olympic movement since its involvement in the 1964 Tokyo games. In 1972, Mizuno was an official supplier at Sapporo and again for the winter games in Nagano. The company run the official workshop to the PGA European Tour in golf and host The Mizuno Open, a golf tournament in Japan that qualifies its winner directly to The Open.
Mizuno has emerged unscathed from its first 100 years, still family managed and with its core beliefs unchanged: persistence, precision manufacturing and a preference for performance over fashion.