LIXIL's history can be traced back over 100 years when LIXIL's predecessors first combined a fixation for design and color, a passion for Japanese craftsmanship and an understanding of the properties of clay to produce one of Japan's first ceramic tiles for the home. With the same spirit, we have also transformed simple threads of silk into some of the world's finest artisanal textiles and fabrics, many found lining the rooms of royal households, and created products that have redefined the spaces we call home.

Architects and designers have played a key role throughout LIXIL's rich history, integrating functionality with refined aesthetics. This has been the foundation of what we call our Living Culture - a way in which we ensure that our products are always relevant to people, our lifestyles, and the times in which we live.

Living Culture embodies LIXIL's passion to be the Link to Good Living. The spirit of Living Culture will continue to be at the core of every product we make and service we provide, around the world and for generations to come.


Scratch face bricks which adorned the walls of the second main building of the Imperial Hotel.
Our stories introduce LIXIL's legacy of craftsmanship, innovation, and pursuit in creating beautiful and highly functional products that respond to Japan's climate, culture, and the changing socio-economic environment, and how they have influenced Japanese lives and lifestyles.


Through our various cultural activities, we pass on traditional techniques to future generations as well as opportunities to learn and develop new visions.


In the historic pottery town of Tokoname, the birthplace of INAX, we have transformed what was once a production site of earthenware pipes into a beautiful and exciting collection of museum facilities. Our museums offer various displays, including the Great Kiln with the tall chimney, and workshops that introduce the world of clay and ceramics and the joy and passion of craftsmanship.
Kawashima Textile Museum
The Kawashima Textile Museum houses the extensive collection of dyed and woven textiles from around the world, including fabric from the 7th to 8th century "Jodai-gire", "Meibutsu-gire" (notable fabrics), and costumes acquired by the founder of Kawashima Textiles (current Kawashima Selkon Textiles), Jimbei Kawashima and his son, Jimbei Kawashima II. Through the display from the collection and original drawings and trial weaving pieces from the company's legacy of projects, the museum portrays the fascinating world of fabrics as well as Kawashima Selkon Textiles' spirit of craftsmanship.

Galleries (Until September 2020)

Over the years, LIXIL held 977 exhibitions at the LIXIL GALLERY, including theTouring Exhibitions Regarding Architecture, Design, and Related Fields, Art &Architecture Exhibitions, and Ceramic Exhibitions. The exhibitions until September 2020 marked our final activities at the gallery. Summaries of past exhibits exploring at depth themes such as lifestyles, design, architecture, and art are available here.


LIXIL Publishing
LIXIL Publishing has published a wide range of publications on cities, architecture, design, and lifestyle culture, to offer information from new perspectives on a wide range of architectural themes.
While 2020 will be our final year for new publications, we will continue to sell what we have published until the autumn of 2022. Please take a look at the lineup of publications by LIXIL Publishing.

LIXIL Museum on the web

Evolution of Japanese Lifestyles with LIXIL Products

Presenting LIXIL's legacy and history of Japanese lifestyles in chronology. (Japanese only)

LIXIL products archives

Presenting the development backgrounds and specifics of the LIXIL products that have brought changes to people's livelihoods. (English)

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