Aspen Ten History

1978-83  Member of San Jose Taiko Group, developed Taiko Drums with reinforced rims

1980-81  Employed by Kazuo Onitsuka of Fuji Construction in Berkeley, Ca.

1981 Research, testing, development of insulating Shoji Screens, named SOLAR-JI

1982 March 19 first SOLAR-JI installed at Asian Law Alliance office San Jose Japantown, Ca.

1982 Aspen Ten timeout to develop business plan for Japanese Community Youth Council’s wholesale produce project in San Francisco Japantown, Ca.

1983 Resumed producing SOLAR-JI

1984 January Production facility moved to current location 663 N. King Rd.#17 San Jose, Ca.

1985 Opened Showroom with EarthenWear(Japanese style garments) San Jose Japantown

1985 Added standard type SHOJI screens and SHOJI SHADES to product line

1986 January Showroom moved to current location inside Nichi Bei Bussan Store 140 E. Jackson St. San Jose Japantown,  Ca. 95112

1997 Created Shoji for Mt. View Buddhist Temple

1999 Built Solar-ji for automotive artist “Jack Costella

2004 Internet exposure thru SJ Japantown org. Kamishibai frames created for "Okasan and Me" bilingual program. Insulated Shoji partitions created for "Japantown Medical Group

2005 Rigid glazing option introduced for thermal and sound insulation at Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble studio

2006 Shoji display cases created for Eastside Arts Alliance’s new home at Eastside Cultural Center in Oakland, Ca.

2007 Official website by Design2market




Shoji Designs since 1981