An obsession with sound is the driving force behind Sankyo. Founded by three men from humble beginnings, Kikuo Hisakura, Hideo Takei and Taichi Oki relentlessly pursued their vision of building handmade flutes not as simply a manufacturing process or science, but elevating flute-making to an art. They wanted to capture a sound that inspires and fulfills. When Hisakura, Takei and Oki formed their own company in 1968, they were motivated by their passion to express their technical expertise and more importantly, their artistry. They invested in their shared dream and built the first Sankyo flutes in a garage.
The Sankyo name can be divided into two Japanese words: SAN+KYO, where SAN means “three” and KYO which translates to “sound.” Thus, the “three sounds” is the foundation and represents the three founders and their pursuit of the essence of music: the intangible connections between craftsman–musician–audience. Sankyo flutes hold a secret within their walls. The extraordinary sound of a flute will come to life when it is played and loved by someone who matches it. That special connection of flute and flutist is the pride of Sankyo Flutes.