Ever since Kanro celebrated its 80th anniversary in 1992, we've commemorated the occasion by donating products to the four municipalities that are home to our headquarters and plants: Nakano, Tokyo,; Hikari, Yamaguchi; Matsumoto, Nagano; and Asahi, Nagano).
The candy we present is distributed to local kindergartens, daycare centers, foster care facilities, centers for the elderly or persons with disabilities, and so on. We're happy to put smiles on so many faces year after year.
Attended Matsumoto Candy Festival: Jan.13rd-14th, 2018
Nakano Nigiwai Festa 2017: October 7–8, 2017
Kanro participated in the Nakano Nigiwai Festa again in 2017, setting up a booth at the event for the third year in a row. As we have plans to relocate our headquarters, this was our last time to participate in a community exchange event in Nakano.
Our theme for this year was "Thank you, Nakano", a reflection of Kanro's tremendous gratitude towards the people of this area for their many years of support. Our goal during the event was to have our employees interact closely with community members.
Nakano Kids' Fest: May 6, 2017
The Nakano Kids' Fest is an long-established tradition hosted by the City of Nakano during the Golden Week holidays. This marks the third year in a row that Kanro has participated.
We had great weather on the day of the event, drawing an unexpected number of participants from the time things kicked off at 11 in the morning. Both the candy grab and "a day at Kanro" work experience booths enjoyed long lines, with the candy grab in particular ending in record time--just a little over 90 minutes.
This year was the first time we brought in staff from all over Japan, which made it possible for employees from our Osaka Branch and Hikari Plant to join alongside the usual participants from the Tokyo suburbs. This allowed people from different parts of our organization to meet and interact.
Kanro-chan mochi toss at the Hikari Plum Festival: February 11, 2017
The plum grove at Kanmuriyama Park is the number-one plum garden in Yamaguchi Prefecture, offering expansive views of the Seto Inland Sea and some two thousand plum trees in one hundred varieties. The park celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year, and the manager of the Hikari Plant and Kanro-chan made an appearance at the opening ceremonies! You can't have a festival in Yamaguchi Prefecture without a mochi toss, so we gave Kanro-chan her first mochi toss experience.
The city of Hikari in Yamaguchi is where Kanro was founded, and we still make candy here to this day. We hope to continue deepening our relationships with the people of Hikari and providing them with our delicious candies.
First appearance at Matsumoto Ame-ichi: January 7–8, 2017
Matsumoto Ame-ichi is a long-standing New Year tradition in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, where one of our Kanro plants is located. The Ame-ichi (or "candy market") started when the great daimyo Takeda Shingen hosted a salt market to thank his enemy, Uesugi Kenshin, for sending him salt during the Warring States period. Today, the event has become a candy market instead.
Ever since our Matsumoto Plant was built in 1959, Kanro has been supplying plenty of candy to the city of Matsumoto.
This year, we held a candy grab event as a way to promote friendly interaction with local residents.