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About Kotobukiya Europe

About Kotobukiya Europe



CEO/President Kazuyuki Shimizu

Managing Director H.Shimizu

  • Int’l Business Div.: T. Ikeda, J. Shinoda, C. Li
  • Int’l Product Planning and Development: Kirt Nakamura
  • Int’l Media and Marketing Coordinator: Robert Lyle Paske, Dan Lujan
  • Int’l Purchasing & Licensing: A. Higashi (GM), Y. Tani


Tokyo Office
Degica Co., Ltd.
TK Kichijoji BLDG, 2-5-10, Kichijojihonmachi, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004 Japan

UK Office
Degica UK., Ltd.
46 Syon Lane, Isleworth, TW7 5NQ ENGLAND
TEL +33 1 55 17 16 56

CEO/President Jack Momose

Contact us by email

Degica is in charge of :

  • E-commerce website of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe
  • Sales & Marketing of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe
  • Media Relations & Product Development of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe
  • Product Planning & Development of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe
  • Shipping & Warehouse of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe
  • Licensing Operation of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe
  • Fulfillment Operation of KOTOBUKIYA in Europe


Company first began as a single toy store for dolls operated by Jusaburo Shimizu in 1947. In 1951, he re-created his sole proprietorship into a limited liability company, together with his two brothers.

While always continuing to focus on retail sales, KOTOBUKIYA first venture into original products as a model kit manufacturer began in 1983 with Armament, our first original model kit. This was followed in 1985 with King Godzilla, our very first licensed kit.

What really set apart KOTOBUKIYA from other model kit manufacturers was the acquisition of the model kit license for Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam THE-O mecha, the first time a company other than Bandai was able to release Gundam products!

Our first foray into the non-kit business was in May of 1989 with soft vinyl statues and the Active Styling Figures (today branded as ARTFX Statues). Since then, we have increased our lineup with fully assembled and painted resin statues (now known as KOTOBUKIYA Fine Art Statues), Action Figures, One Coin Mini Figures and more!

As a model kit manufacturer, we were always striving to further improve the material and detail and articulation of our kits. That level of commitment has continued throughout all product types that we have developed, and KOTOBUKIYA is renowned for our quality and dedication to craftsmanship.

In our retail stores, we hold annual sculpting and painting contests, which is judged by our in-house and other known sculptors and outside judges, including the editor-in-chief of Hobby Japan, the Japanese model magazine. The number of entries normally exceeds three hundred, with entrants from all over Japan. In fact, some of our in-house sculptors originated as entrants into the contest and other toy manufacturers have scouted many others!

Over the years, were attracted the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best the toy and collectible industry has to offer.


In January 2013, a highly capable team was formed to strengthen KOTOBUKIYA’s sales, marketing and product development capabilities for the European market. With a fusion of cutting-edge technology and creative craftsmanship, KOTOBUKIYA is now much more capable of responding to the sensitivity and fluctuation of market needs as well as collector’s persistent demands for product perfection.

With a newly designed website coming soon KOTOBUKIYA is fully committed to developing an online experience that provides the highest level of customer service and support.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Degica (formerly, CoGen Media) is a leading provider of Pan-Pacific digital commerce solutions, who builds and manages online businesses for software and game publishers, online retailers and distributors who are looking to maintain and expanding their business presence in Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea.

Degica's multi-channel digital commerce platform supports direct sales and includes extensive reseller networks in the local markets to help maximize revenues and profits while reduce operational costs and risks for companies of all sizes. We proudly provide development, hosting websites and webshops, order tracking, 100% local payment solutions, strategic local marketing and press services, customer support, technical support as well as logistical support for physical product warehousing and deliveries of product sales to consumers.


We look forward to responding to product review inquiries from the media and press. Please feel free to contact us

Inquiries will be forwarded to our Media & Marketing staff and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. Please note that we have limited review samples but are always looking for websites and individuals interested in reviewing our products. Let us know what kind of coverage you can provide along with the following information in your request: A URL to your review site or blog and several recent links showcasing your review talents. Additionally you can request to be added to our PR mailing list; each month we send out new product news and information to our media partners.


Degica is always looking for potential opportunity for O.E.M Partnership. Please feel free to contact us