The Kamada Soy Sauce Group supports and manages three local museums.
The Kamada Foundation Museum that preserves and researches local historical materials and displays them to the public.
The Yotsuya Simon Doll Museum - Tan Ou Sou where marvelous ball-jointed dolls live in a building registered as a tangible cultural asset.
And the Sanuki Soy Sauce Drawings Museum by Tsuyoshi Ozawa where you can enjoy seriously parodic soy sauce art made using methods passed down from ancient times.
Nothing would bring us greater happiness than if you could take in our museums along with your visit to the Setouchi Triennale or pilgrimage to the Buddhist temples of Shikoku.
Kamada Soy Sauce Inc. CEO
Yotsuya Simon Doll Museum - Tan Ou Sou
A Western-style building from the early Showa era that houses 23 dolls created by Simon Yotsuya. The dolls are hidden throughout—in a safe, in closets, in the bathroom. Step inside and enter a world of fantasy.
Sanuki Soy Sauce Drawings Museum by Tsuyoshi Ozawa
A museum showcasing historical masterpieces reproduced in the soy sauce technique by contemporary artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa and more. This is a space full of playful and parody art.
Kamada Foundation Museum
The museum preserves and displays historical manuscripts, illustrations, and archeological treasures from the local region. Included are materials from Tsuken Kume, who was prominent in many and diverse fields such as the improvement and manufacturing of weaponry, surveying local land for potential development, and developing evaporation ponds for salt production in Sakaide.
Ever since its establishment in 1918, the Kamada Foundation has contributed greatly to the community by building a library in 1922, the Kamada Foundation Museum in 1925, a social education center in 1927 and more.
Today the museum stores and exhibits around 60,000 local artifacts collected since its opening, including materials on Tsuken Kume who created the Sakaide salt fields.
The current museum is located in the renovated library building. It became a Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan in 1998.
Surrounding Places of Interest
From 1908 to 1910 Katsutaro Kamada established a garden at the family villa. The garden became a Sakaide City public park in 1956. For two years from 1999, work was done to restore the garden to its original condition. The western section of the park is a traditional Japanese-style garden featuring a walking path around a decorative pond. The eastern section is a western-style park dominated by a lawn.
Kamada Soy Sauce Sakaide direct sales store
This direct sales store is located 300 meters west of JR Sakaide Station, adjacent to the Kamada Soy Sauce Head Office Factory and to the north of Kofuen garden. As a direct sales store operated by the factory, they carry a wide lineup including items only available by mail order and commercial use products.
Kamada Soy Sauce Inc.
This soy sauce brewery opened in 1789 in Sakaide, an area where the key ingredients of soy sauce—salt, soy and flour—can be found in abundance. They have been brewing soy sauce for 230 years. Their "dashi soy sauce" launched in 1965 is still made with the original recipe and has been a beloved staple for over half a century.
Registered Tangible Cultural Property
Former head store of Kamada Soy Sauce
This head store is on the north side of the shopping arcade. The tall two-story structure is built with a tiled hip-and-gable roof and a gable roof in the back. The building has an impressive front facade with large black plaster walls and latticed windows. A 3.5 meter-wide dirt floor hallway runs through the center of the first floor, with the store on the west side. The second floor has a tatami room for receiving customers. The building preserves the air of a mercantile house from the modern period.
Former gate of Kamada Soy Sauce
1868–1882 / relocated around 1955
This is the east gate to the grounds. The tiled gable roof has 5.5-meter ketayuki (beam length) and 5.5-meter harima (crossbeam length). The 15-centimeter wide pillars are made with flat beams (gohira) and set slightly towards the front of the ridge. The large double doors and the single doors on both sides are decorated with stunning hasso, chi and yotsuba metal fittings. The gate has a unique structure with a nagayamon bearing and exposed roof trusses on either side.
Tan Ou Sou main house
The former residence of the president of Kamada Soy Sauce stands to the west of the head store. The outside features a geometric and clear-cut design with a flat roof and tiled walls. The inside has an elegant tatami room on the first floor and a full-fledged Western-style room complete with fireplace on the second floor. With influences of pre-war modernism, this is one of the first reinforced concrete buildings within the prefecture.
Tan Ou Sou black gate
The north gate of the Tan Ou Sou main house is a single-bay yakuimon gate with tiled gable roofing. The pillars are built with 15-centimeter flat lumber (gohira) with a 2.42-meter bay hung with paneled sankarato double doors in the mekurarenji style. On either side of the gate, reinforced concrete walls with tiled roofing extend out at right angles. The gate sets a dignified tone as Tan Ou Sou's main gate to the shopping arcade.
Kamada Foundation Museum (former library)
This was the central facility of the Kamada Foundation, established by Sakaide tycoon Katsutaro Kamada for philanthropic activities, scholarship and various social education purposes. It was built by Takenaka Corporation under the supervision of Seiichi Fuji, a Kagawa prefecture engineer. It is now a valuable artifact documenting the activities of one of Japan's first foundations, and a treasure in itself as one of the first reinforced concrete structure libraries in the country.