Welcome to Kyoto Kagaku
Here we introduce our history and current activities
Founded in Kyoto in 1891
A Pioneer of Medical and Nursing Educational Materials in Japan
Our roots can be traced back to 1891, when Shimadzu Corporation founder, Genzo Shimadzu Sr., began manufacturing scientific specimens for education.
In 1948, Kyoto Kagaku Co., Ltd. was established in order to continue the work being done by Shimadzu Corporation's specimens division. Initially, we manufactured and sold models, specimens, and experiment equipment for use in the life and earth sciences.
In the early 1950's, we began searching for new business opportunities and started creating replicas of cultural artifacts using new materials and manufacturing models for use beyond the scientific fields. Although we encountered many difficulties at first, the Japanese economy was booming, and we gradually grew our culture-related business. Eventually this business expanded beyond the creation of individual models and replicas to include other services, such as exhibit planning at cultural facilities.
In the sciences, we are contributing to education by expanding our business to include simulators and practice models that enhance the training of medical and nursing professionals.
Currently we are focusing our business resources on the medical training simulator and practice model field. We will continue to expand our field of vision from Kyoto to encompass the entire world, living up to our heritage as a pioneer and Japan's leading manufacturer of educational materials for medical and nursing training.
- Over 120 Years
- No.1 Share in Japan
- Company history
1891 Shimadzu Corp. begins the manufacture of educational scientific specimens 1895 Shimadzu Corp. establishes the educational scientific specimens division 1930 Development of wood-pulp fiber mannequins 1944 Shimadzu factory is closed due to World War II 1948 Kyoto Kagaku Co., Ltd. is established 1948 The factory is reopened and trade with the U.S. resumes 1954 Production of Buddhist statue replicas using synthetic resin 1967 Commercial manufacture of resinous human skeleton models 1995 Kyoto begins offering educational programs for foreign trainees as part of the Japanese International Cultural Association (JICA) program 2000 Development of the cardiology patient simulator "Simulator K," the company receives ISO 9001 certification 2003 "Simulator K" and "LSAT" patented in the U.S., "EYE" Examination Simulator patented in Japan 2009 Awarded the 43rd Good Company Grand Prize by The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency of Japan 2010 New headquarter and factory building opens in Kyoto, Japan 2014 Kyoto Kagaku America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, is established in Torrance, California 2017 Hong Kong representative office opens 2019 European representative office opens in Frankfurt, Germany
The World's Only Manufacturer of Anatomical Models, Imaging Phantoms, and Simulators
As educational content evolves and medical technology becomes more sophisticated, we provide products that can be used by all healthcare providers.
This includes practice models that recreate the actual feel of the human body and sensation of inserting a syringe, auscultation practice models that produce realistic heartbeat and breathing noises, and phantoms that produce the same images as a real body when undergoing x-rays or ultrasound. In recent years, we have facilitated the spread of simulation-based education through a lineup of products equipped with systems that can recreate changes in a patient’s symptoms, evaluate performance, and provide feedback. Only Kyoto Kagaku can realize every step of creating these kinds of products inhouse, from development through to manufacture and supply.
- Simulators and
- Product history
1948 Kyoto Kagaku is established 1954 Production of models for use in practical training announced, including vinyl child and infant models 1967 Development of a phantom that has similar x-ray characteristics to the human body in partnership with Shimadzu Corp. 1980 Launch of high performance nursing model "Keiko" 1982 Phantom of an entire average human body completed 1985 Launch of venipuncture and intravenous injection simulator 1995 Launch of cardiology patient simulator "Ichiro" 2000 Development of multi-purpose nursing model "SAKURA" 2005 Launch of ultrasound examination training model "ECHOZY" 2006 Launch of physical assessment simulator "Physiko" 2010 Launch of Suture Evaluation Simulator 2015 Launch of nursing patient care simulator "Keiko" for use in care work education and multi-purpose patient care simulator "Yaye," the successor to "SAKURA" 2017 Launch of the multi-discipline hybrid simulator "SCENARIO" 2018 Launch of maternity care simulators, including "Konoha" 2019 Renewal of long-selling nursing care product lineup (including intravenous injection and urinary catheter models)
Technology and Quality
Made in Kyoto, Japan
Manufacturing unique products with unparalleled quality—this sums up Kyoto Kagaku’s approach to quality management. In order to pursue this highest level of quality, we have established an integrated framework that includes every step of product development, from product planning through to manufacturing, sales, and aftercare. Each individual product undergoes rigorous inspection to ensure it arrives ready for use. Going forward, we will strive to increase trust in our products by further improving quality controls based on customer feedback.
Creativity That Gives Shape to Customer Feedback
Our aim is to be a company that manufactures unique products. Therefore, our product development requires teamwork between specialists in a range of different fields, including teams of modelists and materials specialists to shape the models and recreate specific feels, IT and electronics teams to set up and operate our simulators, and others. During development, we work with academic and medical institutions, as well as education facilities that will be using our products, enabling us to receive input from experts in medical education and to share knowledge through industry-academic partnerships. This process has already resulted in the creation of many groundbreaking products.
Going forward, we will continue to push boundaries while listening sincerely to the feedback from the educators using our products, under the motto of "realizing education that inspires through manufacturing."
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Trusted in Over 60 Countries Around the World
In 1909, an anatomical model made by the Shimadzu Corp. scientific specimens division won a prestigious prize at the Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition. Since then, we have continued to produce products for customers all over the world. Currently, Kyoto Kagaku products are being used by educational and medical institutions in over 60 countries. Furthermore, we are ensuring that our products can be used anywhere without issue through the establishment of business locations in Japan, the U.S., Hong Kong, and Germany, and a maintenance framework that leverages a network of sales locations spanning over 40 countries.
Going forward, we will continue to promote simulation-based education worldwide with the aim of becoming an even greater global presence.
- The only major
- First prize winner at
- Main Customers
National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, Ewha Womans University、Pusan National University, National Taipei University, Chang Gung University, Hanoi Medical University, King Abdulaziz University, University of Sharjah,
- Indonesia:University of Indonesia, Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital
- Malaysia:Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak. , Taylor's University
- Singapore:University of Singapore
- India:AIIMS Delhi
- Pakistan:Aga Khan University
- Egypt:Al Azhar University
- Saudi Arabia:King Abdulaziz University
- Oman:Sultan Qaboos University
- Qatar:Itqan Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center
- Medical school:
Peking University, Capital Medical University, Tianjin Medical University, Fudan University, Sun Yat-sen University, Southern Medical University, ChongQing Medical University
Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Tianjin First Central Hospital, Huashan Hospital of Fudan University, Eye & Ent Hospital of Fudan University, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Boao Evergrande International Hospital, Nanfang Hospital
UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE, PHILIPS
83% of Europe's top 40 medical schools (In accordance with GDPR guidelines, customer names cannot be disclosed)
FDA, Stanford University, John Hopkins University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Duke University, Northwestern University, UCLA, UCSD, University Illinois at Chicago, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, UT Health Science Center, Virginia State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Michigan State University, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Toronto, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, GE Healthcare
- Past Appearances at
ACC（American College of Cardiology） 1997-2009 RSNA（Radiological Society of North America) 1997-2019 AMEE(Association for Medical Education in Europe) 2003-2019 MEDICA 2003-2019 Ottawa Conference 2004-2018 ACS(American College of Surgeons) 2005-2019 IMSH(International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare) 2007-2019 SESAM(Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) 2008-2018 KCR(Korean Congress of Radiology) 2009-2019 ECR(European Congress of Radiology) 2010-2019 National Seminar on Higher Education in Medical Imaging Chinese Society of Imaging Technology Chinese Congress of Ultrasound in Medicine Resident Physicians Standardized Training Summit Forum China Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare Pearl River Medical Simulation Education International Summit Forum
Passing on Cultural Heritage Through Technologies for Restoring and Replicating Cultural Assets
Since we first started producing replica Buddhist statues using synthetic resin in 1954, we have made replicas and imitations of a wide range of cultural assets, including historical records, archaeological materials, and fossils. Creating replicas and imitations is an extremely effective way to make use of these assets while ensuring that they are preserved. To realize a reproduction so sophisticated that even an expert cannot tell it apart from the real thing, we must fully understand the significance of the cultural asset and then accurately recreate not only its texture and color, but also the little changes it has picked up over time, such as flaking and scratches. We are able to do this by following our strong sense of duty to pass down cultural heritage to future generations.
Our approach has been widely acclaimed and since the 1980's, we have been accepting requests to work on cultural asset restoration projects. We are not only cultivating expertise in traditional techniques, but also carrying out research into new technologies and materials so we can help leave assets in even better condition for future generations.
Our approach and technical expertise have been recognized worldwide and researchers from many countries who are working to preserve cultural assets come to observe our processes.
- Impressive track record of
restoring national treasures
and important cultural assets
- Practical training provider
for researchers engaged
in the preservation of culture
- Replicas of A-bomb materials, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
- Restored and imitation Dashi Ningyo festival puppets (Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals are a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage)
- Imitation Miroku Bosatsu statue, Chugu-ji temple
- Imitation Venus de Milo
- Imitation Mask of Tutankhamun
- Restored and imitation archive documents at The National Hansen's Disease Museum