Shiseido is a Japanese cosmetics and hair-care company founded in 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara, a former Head Pharmacist for the Japanese Navy, founded Apothecary Shiseido in 1872. After he visited the United States, he came back with an out-of-the-box idea: he added a soda fountain to his pharmacy. This was the beginning of the "East meets West" concept which would serve the future cosmetics giant so well.