From The New York Times article By MATT SHAWAUMAN/THE NEW YORK TIMESThe first women’s cosmetics company in Japan was founded in 1923 by Japanese-born artist Masaya Shima, who became a prominent Japanese artist during the Second World War.
Her business eventually went national, and she has continued to sell cosmetics, makeup and fragrance products.
Her first foray into the world of fashion was a small shop in Osaka in 1932.
Its owners, Haruka and Kazuo Takamura, were both Japanese, and they wanted to create a niche for women in a country with a relatively small female population.
Haruka Takamura was a talented seamstress who had been a schoolteacher before starting the business.
She wanted to make clothes for Japanese women, and had her sewing skills developed by studying seamstresses at a local sewing school.
She was soon commissioned by a local department store owner to design clothes for the company.
The Takamura brothers became a group of five who founded the company in 1933, and Masaya became a partner in the company, selling the company to other investors in the 1930s and ’40s.
Her business continued to grow as the Japanese economy started to recover from the war, and as the economy began to recover more rapidly, so did her popularity.
She became known as “Shima’s Lady” and her work became known around the world, including on the covers of the fashion magazines of the time.
The company was founded as an umbrella company for many of her more famous creations, such as her famous silk scarves, and eventually expanded to include fragrances and cosmetics.
In 1947, Shima’s business was absorbed into Shima and Associates, a subsidiary of Shima Group Inc. The Shima name was then used by Shima Inc., a subsidiary for a few years until the company’s name changed to Masaya.
In 1952, Shimea’s business became involved in a dispute with her sister-in-law, Shio Takamura.
The dispute ended with Shio winning a large portion of the company assets, but Masaya’s family members claimed that the Japanese government had been involved in the dispute and had been trying to use the company for political purposes.
Masaya was forced to sell the business to a Japanese conglomerate in order to settle the dispute.
Masaya’s business, as well as the company of her sister in law, was purchased by Masaya Takamura in 1958.
The business was sold to the Japanese conglomerate by the family in 2011, and the business continues to be owned by Masa and her daughter, Shizuka Takamori.
Masiya Takamura passed away in 2010.
The family has kept the business and her artwork, and her family maintains the site where the company is located.
Shizuka has continued the family tradition of producing fragrance and cosmetics, but it has been a slow process.
Masayas daughter, Takayuki, opened her own cosmetics company, the Japanese brand Nisette, in 2013, and in March 2016, she was chosen as the inaugural owner of the Nisetan brand.
Shizuki Takamuri continues to work as an assistant to Masayuki Takami.
The Nisets are now working on launching a new line of products.
Masya Takami will continue to produce fragrants and cosmetics for Nisettas products, but the family will also be producing cosmetics and fragrant cosmetics in the United States and abroad.
Shima was known for her colorful, whimsical illustrations that portrayed women as vibrant and radiant.
Her art is celebrated in several art museums in Japan, and is also part of the Smithsonian Institution collection.
The artist is currently working on a book titled “Sakura Girl: The Story of Masaya,” which will be published in 2018.
Masayas work has been described as “a fusion of modern and traditional Japanese art.”
Masayama Takami has been honored with the International Women’s Foundation’s “Nobel Peace Prize” in 2006 and the “Nobels for Women” in 2005.
In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.