Mikado Enterprises Ltd. is a family run business, now extending to the third generation. Kamenosuke & Sawae Natsuhara immigrated from Japan in the early 1920s. During the war the family was forced to evacuate to the Okanagan & survived in a barn without any modern conveniences. In 1952 after returning to Vancouver the family started a martial arts business, which reflected part of the culture they left behind in Japan. Following their heritage, the business started with Judo, Karate & Kendo supplies. Eventually the business expanded to include supplies for Taekwondo, Jiujitsu, Aikido, Hapkido, Boxing & Kick Boxing.
Kamenosuke & Sawae believed the martial arts discipline was good for the body & mind. Their legacy continues.
Karen – Has assisted Nancy with processing mail orders. She is also in charge of custom documents for our Ship Sales Department. Karen will be pleased to take your phone orders.
Linda – Joined us 20 years ago. She takes care of the Accounting Department. If you have any questions concerning your account, please check with her. Linda also will be pleased to take your orders over the phone.
David – Also had a different career before joining our business and family. His previous experiences have offered fresh insight. David is responsible for sales & purchasing in our Ship Chandler Department. His responsibilities keep him busy, but when called upon, he also helps in the Martial Arts Department.
James – Involved with sales in our Ship Chandler Department. He has been a loyal member of Mikado for many years. Our customers often praise his customer service. He is fluent in English, Japanese & Mandarin. James has been an invaluable asset to our company.
Wes – Initially involved with a different career, but was eventually recruited by the family to join our staff. We are pleased to have his professionalism & outside viewpoints to help us prosper in the right direction. Wes is involved with our Ship Chandler Department, although he is always pleased to lend a helping hand in the Martial Arts Department when necessary.