TACHIKARA®, (pronounced tah·chee·kah·rah) established in 1915, is a world renown innovator and leader in advanced methods for manufacturing and materials. Our brand name is derived from a mythological character in Japanese folklore, Tachikara-Ono-Mikoto, a "god of power."
In 1952, the company revolutionized the inflatable athletic ball industry by engineering technology and equipment to manufacture a new seamless ball. During this modern era, Tachikara pioneered its proprietary Single Unit Construction method and set its brand apart from the typical asymmetrical hand-stitched balls being produced and offered by others. Starting with inside components and working outward, our SUC® method combines an internal rubber bladder, specially woven reinforcement materials, and a pliable outer cover into a single unit in a process that improved the overall sphericity, air retention, rebound, durability and performance. This type of ball is now commonly referred to as either “molded” or “laminated” within the sporting goods trade.
Tachikara’s ingenuity later led to development of its patented Loose Bladder Construction method. Exclusive to Tachikara, this often imitated but never duplicated method of construction continues to be a hallmark of our line of top performance volleyballs. In short, the LBC® method provides for a thin layer of air to circulate between the inside rubber bladder and the layer of woven cotton canvas reinforcement panels that support a premium leather or composite leather outside cover. The result is a precision balanced ball that affords truer flight with less impact and a superior soft touch. Our seamless SV-5W leather LBC® volleyball was first introduced at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The unique touch and consistent performance of Tachikara volleyballs during these inaugural games made a positive and lasting impression on both men and women competing in medal rounds. So much so that many national governing bodies for the sport encouraged Tachikara to begin exporting its products around the world for enthusiasts to experience and enjoy.
In 2003, Tachikara modernized its production with introduction of its new Dual Bladder Construction method. Appropriately named, our flagship volleyballs designed for the highest levels of competition are now manufactured with two internal and independently operating bladders. Our DBC® method adds a separate internal membrane to encompass the main rubber bladder which provides an impact reducing layer of air circulating between these two components. The result is a ball that is twice as durable and responsive with an improved level of control during flight.
Also in 2003, we introduced Sensi-Tec® composite leather materials through a refined scientific extraction process that elongates, strengthens and adds resin to micro-fiber base layers for notably consistent play and durability.
In 2016, following more than two years in development and testing, we released T-TEC Micro-Leather®, another advancement in our family of Tactile Technology products. This high-tech material consists of millions of extracted ultra-micro-fibers that are layered and punched into a supportive base layer, then uniquely laminated and textured to mimic the cosmetic and performance characteristics of natural leather, providing even more control for your game.
We are now proud to introduce our new SIX panel volleyball that is designed to decrease panel-connecting points by 75% while reducing linear seam lengths by 38%, providing additional surface area matched with consistent touch and control. Its cover features Tachikara's latest advancement in innovative materials, D-TEC HD® micro-fiber, that is complete with a high-definition embossed dimple pattern and dual-textured logos allowing for the unique grip and fast-paced ball control preferred by international setters and hitters alike.
At Tachikara, we are devoted to discovering new designs, materials and technologies to creatively innovate quality products that are matched with unparalleled value and performance for you. Our daily motivation and desire is for you to have an extraordinary experience with our products.
“We’ve got the ball. You bring the game!”