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Hinomaruya (ひのまるや) was a Japanese distributor based in Tokyo.[1] It was already active in 1946.[2] It was the distributor of the Nicca cameras from 1951 to 1958 and an authorized dealer of the Masmy cameras by Takagawa in 1951.

Distributed products[]

As main distributor:

  • Nicca cameras (1951–8)
  • Melcon and Melcon II (1955–7)
  • Nikkor lenses in Leica screw mount (1951–8)

As authorized dealer:


  1. Its address from 1946 to 1953 was Tōkyō-to Ōta-ku Araijuku 1–2358, Ōmori-ekimae (東京大田区新井宿1–2358・大森駅前). In 1954 it was Tōkyō-to Chiyoda-ku Kanda-awaji-chō (東京都千代田区神田淡路町) and from 1955 to 1958 it was Tōkyō-to Chūō-ku Nihonbashi Muromachi 4–3 (東京都中央区日本橋室町4–3). Source: advertisements in Ars Camera March 1946 and February 1949, and advertisements reproduced in Kokusan kamera no rekishi, pp.156–8 and 183.
  2. Advertisement in Ars Camera March 1946, p.4.