1675, it is told that a man by the name of Tozaemon Tamaya
established a shop selling lenses for eye glasses. The
name of the shop was called Tamaya Megane-ten.
was during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), in 1901, that Tamaya
Megane-ten was renamed as Tamaya Shoten and became a partnership
company. Tamaya Shoten was the first Japanese company
to import surveying equipment from overseas and to distribute
them in Japan. It is also the first company to produce
a surveying equipment (a pocket compass in its original
form) in Japan. In 1894 Tamaya Shoten was licensed to
make a ruler (a device with which to measure lengths)
in its original form. By the end of the Meiji Era, Tamaya
Shoten developed its own transit and level.
the Taisho Era (1912-1926), Tamaya Shoten was making more
and more surveying equipment in Japan, as opposed to importing
finished products from abroad. It was making levels and
theodolites, and by 1922 made the first sextant in Japan.
In August 1901, Tamaya Shoten became a corporation.
Tamaya manufactured tilting level TL-3, auto level SL-2,
and transit ST-2. In 1960 Tamaya began manufacturing and
selling Japan's first plumbline for dams.
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Manufacturing and distribution of echo-sounders.
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Development of Japan's first PLANIX planimeters.
In 1983 Tamaya was renamed as Tamaya Technics.
you can see, Tamaya has always been a pioneer in the field
of surveying in Japan. Today Tamaya specialize in manufacturing,
sales, and export of surveying instruments, drawing instruments,
weather equipment, optical instruments, measuring instruments,
and navigation instruments.