After 2 failed attempts with my Italian hardware supplier, this time I went to Tokyo, Japan t to develop
the lock for “Theodore” collection. I’ve known this company for about 3 years and their price kept me
away for a while. First, it was this rare finish slider that caught my eyes so I bought a few pieces for my
sample. I remember the first time I used their slider on my “Gregory” collection. I was sliding it back
and forth for about 5 minutes and was just blown away how soft and smooth it worked. There are
thousands and thousands of sliders out in the market and I’ve never seen anything that works as soft as
theirs was. I was completely sold on their quality and this was my first visit to their facility.
Tokyo is perhaps the most populated Metropolitan city in the world and its space is extremely valuable
and limited. Back in the 1980s before the bubble crash, the total real estate value of City of Tokyo was
estimated far more than the entire country of Canada. Therefore, people in Tokyo are trained to
make the most out of its space by being meticulously organized. M&K Yokoya’s showroom is a great
example of that practice. All samples, inventory, work areas, and meeting area are so neatly organized
that one feels it is quite spacious.
Looking around the showroom and see how methodically things were being organized, I got a sense that
this is the company that rarely makes a mistake if any, and I was eager to see its production facility.
Its main plant was located in suburb/country side that is about 90 driving mins away from Tokyo. On
the way, Mr.Yokoya and I had a very pleasant and interesting conversation on the industry and
economy. Despite of a minor English barrier, I believe we understood each other with him being the
professional. My hope for the “Lock” suddenly increased.
Arriving at the plant, I was led to its meeting room/office, and I could tell right away this is a company
with a pride and more importantly, a History. Unlike the humble look on outside, it was a state of the
art all around, certainly the cleanest, biggest, and well designed plant I’ve ever visited.
Mix of the Vintage & fine machine was great!
and of course, can’t be done without its skillful technicians & their hands.
I was completely impressed and my confidence was growing strong when the tour has ended. I felt like
if there is a company that can make this lock, it may be M&K Yokoya. Something earlier caught my eyes
and it was this pretty garden. The sound of the waterfall was certainly very relaxing. I like this garden a lot. I was picturing late & lazy afternoon Cigar in this garden.
Leaving the plant and going back to Tokyo, we had discussions about many issues and by this time, I was
getting hungry. Thankfully, driving back to Tokyo was very smooth.. (traffic was not that bad at all in
tokyo to my pleasant surprise.)
Mr.Yokoya took me this Sushi restaurant and the food was amazing… I mean I did not know Tempura
could be so soft and delicious. But that Sake Map & its selection thing was just perfect with the food.
I thank you very much for your hospitality. I am extremely glad that I did make the trip. Knowing your
dedication, I have a good feeling that you may be the one who can make this “LOCK”.
Please help me complete the collection.
Thank you / Yorosiku Onegai Itasimasu.