The history of Shiseido is not merely a story about products and services; it is also a story of a company taking a broader perspective to also consider aspects of culture and lifestyle, and seeking always to create new value. This is the true history of Shiseido. Here we explore the path of achievement Shiseido has followed for over 140 years since its founding in 1872 as Japan’s first Western-style pharmacy.
The name “Shiseido” comes from Chinese Yi Jing, the Book of Changes from the Four Books and Five Classics of Confucianism. While our products have their origins in cutting-edge western pharmaceuticals, the company takes its name from eastern philosophy. This forward-thinking blend of Western science and Eastern wisdom has always been the cornerstone of Shiseido.