1909 Shogetsudo started out as a small Japanese confectionary company supplying wagashi to teahouses in japan. These small candies and cakes were mostly made up of sweet beans and mochi (a sweet pounded rice) .
Yoshiharu Kondo the founding son, second-generation confectioner was interested in the future of the craft, became interested in Baking, moved to Seattle Washington to master the art of Baking and in 1921 came back to Tokyo and started producing Artisanal breads in the most hi-tech - modern facility of the time to change Japan into the Modern world. His Idea was to use European methods and ingredients and adapt to the Japanese taste.
Both Generations "Shogetsudo" believed "Starting in the neighborhood is were you will reach your customers faces and if you succeed you will see them smile" The philosophy still today remains the same.
World war II was tough on the community, food was hard to come by, Shogetsu-do ran production of the ovens just to feed the neighborhoods of Tokyo and surrounding areas that were suffering. Giving back to the community who always gave to them.
Rebuilding japan became the objective in the 50's and 60's and refining the bread making techniques, Japan voted Shogetsu-do "best Bakery for SHOKUPAN" Bringing a smile to our faces.
In the 70's our flexibility in production made us the first bakery in Japan to hand-made baguettes bringing westernization to Japans food culture.
The modern day Shogetsu-do factory does over 170 different kind of bread for every different, restaurant, store , house, hotel , bakery in every neighborhood imaginable.
We are not the biggest producers of bread in japan, but we have people who make the difference in our bread. We meet our clients needs from artisanal bread to custom pastry needs because there is a human element in our baking.
Shogetsudo today is over 103 years old. Baking the finest Japanese breads in the Kanto area. I am very excited that we are in the middle of restructuring, relocating our facilities, and rebranding the bakery for the next 100 years. This project included Artisanal Bakery cafes, retail and wholesale baked goods all over the world