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.


Craftsmanship and artistic design go hand-in-hand. Aesthetic beauty is critically important in developing living spaces, and LIXIL is passionate in its quest for beauty.
In the LIXIL GALLERY in Ginza, we showcase ideas that have made our lives better over the ages. We support artists to present their creative minds and allow them to venture into the unknown world. We explore the world in which art, craftsmanship and technology unite, continuously pushing the boundaries of creativity.


LIXIL Publishing
LIXIL Publishing publishes a wide range of books on cities, architecture, design, and lifestyle culture as a part of our mission to propose new visions toward issues surrounding people's living and lifestyles.
In addition to publishing books, we also operate “10+1 website” which explores the cultural changes in contemporary society and how they impact cities, architecture, and design.

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)

RECOMMENDED (Japanese only)

  • 10+1 website
  • LIXIL Culture Facebook