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Pursuing Perfection Since 1906


Rihachi Mizuno and his younger brother Rizo found MIZUNO Brothers Ltd. in Osaka. This was the start of a continuous journey to Reach Beyond.



1906 -1940s



1906

Rihachi Mizuno and his younger brother Rizo found MIZUNO Brothers Ltd. in Osaka.


1907

Rihachi Mizuno, impressed by the baseball culture of the United States, began producing baseball wear in an effort to spread this sport in Japan.


1910

This is the first pair of baseball shoes Mizuno worked on. Initially, they did not have spikes as the current models do.


1910

The shop moves to Umeda Shinmichi in Osaka and its name is changed to Mizuno Shop.


1913

Mizuno Shop begins to manufacture baseballs and gloves designed by Rihachi Mizuno.


1928

Start manufacturing of track and field cleats. The materials used were leather and long, heavy pins used as spikes.


1938

Select Scientific Laboratory (today's Technology Development Division) is established.


1940 -1990s



1940

Mizuno's type 301 Soarer glider sets new records for altitude and flight duration.


1947

Start manufacturing of tennis rackets. Immediately after World War II, Mizuno started producing tennis rackets on a trial basis at its own plant.


1972

Launch of M-Line shoes, which made a big splash around the world.


1981

First appearance of the Runbird. Called "Runbird" for its shape, it is currently used as Mizuno's corporate logo.


1983

Runbird Athletics shoes go on sale. This shoe mark represents the orbit of a planet.


1985

Mizuno launches the Morelia. Weighed 245 grams each, it was globally marketed as an extremely light pair of shoes in those days.


1990s - Now



1991

These cleats helped establishing the then new world record of 9.86 seconds for 100m in Tokyo.


1994

Three-time Formula One World Champion was introduced to Mizuno.


1999

FIFA World Player of the year and Ballon d’Or with Mizuno. Engineered boot specifically created for the 2002 World Cup.


2011

Mizuno partners with the Osaka Marathon.


2015

30th Anniversary of the Morelia. Its design and shape have not undergone any major changes, continuing to carry on its tradition.


2017

20th Anniversary of the Wave Rider, an iconic shoe for runners around the world.


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