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.
When the 2014 debut of Ninja H2 and H2R, the world’s first mass-production motorcycles to feature a supercharged engine, caused an industry sensation, the River Mark proudly displayed on their upper cowling was once again in the public eye.
Since its founding over 120 years ago, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, whose wide range of endeavours 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, continually striving to attain and surpass the limit.