This symbol, a motif of the Japanese character kawa (river) has a long history. It first appeared in the 1870s, where it was used on the flags flown by the ships owned by the Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard, the predecessor of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
With the 2014 debut of Ninja H2™ and Ninja H2R, the world’s first mass-production motorcycles to feature a supercharged engine, the River Mark was proudly displayed on their upper cowling and once again in the public eye.
Since its founding over 120 years ago, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, whose wide range of endeavors encompass Land, Sea and Air, and reach from outer space to the deep sea, have always aimed to be at the forefront of technology. The River Mark is a symbol of Kawasaki’s ongoing desire to push further forward, to reach even higher and continually strive to attain and surpass the limit.
Perhaps our most widely recognized products are our motorcycles. Kawasaki motorcycles stand out not only for their highly acclaimed performance, stunning looks and renowned reliability, but also for their unique ride feel. Our rider-centric development philosophy, RIDEOLOGY (Ride + Ideology), has been the force behind our many legendary machines from the Z1 and the original Ninja® to the revolutionary Ninja H2™, and will ensure that Kawasaki products continue to enrich the lives of riders in the future.
THE MATSUKATA COLLECTION
Kawasaki’s first president, Kojiro Matsukata, was an accomplished visionary who paved the way for much of the success KHI enjoys today. During his leadership, Matsukata acquired a vast collection of over 10,000 Western art pieces. The “Matsukata Collection” is currently on display at The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.