Certain international companies manufacture certain products, or at least that's what we think. Here are the histories of 5 companies that you're sure to know about, but whose origins may surprise you.

When you learn about the history of something, you usually come away thinking to yourself, "I never knew that..." Anything to make a buck! Or in this case, a yen.

1. MAZDA makes cars. But they used to make...

...corks! MAZDA made their first three-wheeled truck in 1931.

2. Lawson is a convenience store chain...

...but Mr. Lawson originally sold milk in America in 1939 and didn't open chain stores in Northeast, Lawson in Japan until 1975.

3. Sanrio is a company responsible for designing a kawaii segment of Japanese popular culture...

...but it originated as Yamanashi Silk Center in 1960.

4. Nintendo is a beloved video game producer...

...but it formed in 1889 to manufacture Hanafuda cards. Hanafuda is a traditional card game in Japan where you match cards by what's drawn on them.


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5. Fuji FIlm produces camera necessities...

...but it also produces ASTALIFT, anti-aging skin products.