Company Name SeiyaJapan.com (since 2002 Dec) : Kobayashi Inc.
Company vision To provide high quality Japan domestic watches and service.
Company mission We strive our best to provide the best service to all of our customers.
Director Seiya Kobayashi
Office address 135-0061 Japan Tokyo, Koto-ku Toyosu 4-9-13
Operating hours Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 17:00 We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
I have always loved Japanese watches, especially ones made in Japan for the Japanese consumer. The quality and value of Japan-only watches -- manufactured and sold only in Japan -- is generally far superior to the quality of the Japanese-brand watches manufactured outside of Japan for non-Japanese customers.
Unfortunately, until recently few outside Japan knew this fact. But with the advent of the Internet and the opening of this and a few other similar websites, the non-Japanese watch buying public is finally starting to appreciate the quality and value of our best watches.
Because of Internet and word-of-mouth, I've been able to sell many Japan-only Grand Seiko, Seiko, Citizen, Orient, Casio, and G-Shock watches to non-Japanese customers. I've done this without high-pressure sales and marketing because I believe the watches speak for themselves. I've also tried to keep my margins low and the quality of my service high. As a watch lover myself, I know how important value, quality and service are to the watch-buying consumer.
I researched the history of Grand Seiko in order to get deep understandings for their products. I translated it into English.
When I was a child, Japan was a poor country. Most Japanese owned only one wristwatch.
But my father, who worked for a large Osaka-based pharmaceutical company, loved watches so much that he owned many. However, all of them were of Swiss manufacture, as no high quality Japanese watches were being produced at that time.
When Seiko released its Grand Seiko model in 1964 (the year of my wife's birth), my father rushed to buy it. I remember him showing me the watch and saying, "Now we have a real, high quality, Japanese manufactured watch."
Although I didn't understand what he meant at the time, I never forgot the impression the golden lion on the caseback of his watch made on me. Of course, the Grand Seiko became my father's favorite watch and it kept perfect time for more than thirty years.
However, when my father was hospitalized some years ago, the watch stopped for the first time. He asked me to have it repaired, and I did. However, before I was able to get his watch home from the repair shop and back to him, he passed away.
I hesitated telling this story because it is so personal, but I wanted you to know why Grand Seiko mechanical watches are so special to me. The watch pictured above with the leather strap is my father's Grand Seiko.
I am a computer engineer here in Tokyo. I can see the site of ancient Kameido Seiko-sha from the high-rise condo where we live in.
Before going to work in the computer industry, I was a TV commercial film producer for over 10 years. I even played a part in producing one of Seiko's year-end TV commercial specials (something like a Christmas special in the West) that garnered an award here in Japan. While I love my job, I'm passionate about watches and I suspect many of you feel the same way.