Museum Visit Report

Amazing TOTO Museum of the Innovative Toilet

— Showing Toilet Revolution and its Impact to Social Life

TOTO- museum outlook x01.JPG       toto-logo-x01The TOTO Co., a leading manufacturer of sanitary ware, has established a memorial museum named “TOTO museum” in 2015, as a commemoration of its 100 anniversary event. It was intended to spread the company’s history and products, and its technology. However, the museum is not
only to exhibit the products of TOTO, but purposed to disseminate the knowledge about the sanitary wares in Japan as whole, and it tried to indicate how these sanitary goods have improved the social life of people by the rich TOTO- Toilet Exhib x01.JPG
TOTO- History corner x01.JPG I  visited this museum in this summer. The visit was quite satisfactory so as to excellent exhibition and good guidance. I could learn a lot about the evolution and technology of sanitary ware in Japan..Then I wrote a report of visit here to remind my memory.

(日本語エディションは 「九州・小倉のTOTOミュージアムを訪ねる」 でアクセス) and also refer to Museum web site of ” TOTO Museum”

Visit Nagasaki Shipyard and related World Heritages

Walking around the Kyushu/Yamaguchi “Industrial Heritage” (3)

♠ Nagasaki Shipyard — Making Dawn of  shipbuilding  in Japan

Nagasaki Zosen- Kibaba 01.JPG    It is widely known that the “Nagasaki Nagasaki Zosen- Illust x02.JPGShipyard ” and its related facilities have played the pivotal role in the development of shipbuilding industries in Japan, and designated as a “World Heritage” to be valued its contribution.Then, I have visited these industrial sites in this summer, particularly Nagasaki Shipyard”Archives” (史料館)sites,to know the foundation of shipbuilding nagasaki-zosen-wh-craneindustry in Kyushu and Japan. Unfortunately, some areas were inaccessible because the Shipyard is still running and couldn’t step in to the certain places. This article is an small notes at this time of visit even though having some limitation.

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(日本語エディションは 長崎造船と関連施設訪問の記録訪問 でアクセス)

Visit the Kagoshima’s World Heritages

♠  Visit the “Shoko Shuseikan” and World Heritage in Kagoshima

Walking around the Kyushu/Yamaguchi “Industrial Heritage” (2)

 ♣  Charm of Kagoshima’s World Industrial Heritage

Kagoshima- W Heritage x03.JPG     The Satsuma’s Daimyo (Feudal lorthed), Nariakira Shimazu(島津斉彬), began a great operation regarding modernization of the military and industry, called the “Shuseikan”(集成館)Project in the Kagoshima- Illust x07.jpg1850s. This Project had pursued the building of industry adopting Western technology, including the Iron casting, large western style shipbuilding, as well as cotton spinning engineering.These Kagoshima- Shoko x01.JPGvestiges still remains in the Kagoshima area, and they were registered as the “World Industrial Heritage” by UNESCO in 2015 as a primary model of Japan’s industrial revolution.These historic sites are scattered around the “Sengan-En”(仙巌園)Park in the Iso district of Kagoshima City now, for Kagoshima- Illust x02example, the historic ruins of reverberatory furnace, blast furnace, shipyard, spinning plants, and others. Particularly, the “Shoko Shuseikan” (尚古集成館)is a most valuable historical archives to illustrate the whole picture of the “Shuseikan Project”. I have visited the “Shoko Shuseikan” archive and other industrial sites this summer. The following ascription is this visit record of that time.


Visit the Sony Archives to explore the Sony’s Roots

 ♣  Touch on the Sony’s Spirit  by visiting Archives


     Sony- Ibo 01Sony is well known as an electronic pioneering company representing the postwar Japanese industry which based on the innovative technology. The Sony Archives, located in Shinagawa, Tokyo, is the museum showing the Sony’s significant footprints.

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I have visited this Archives with my friend in this summer. The facility was not so big, but it exhibited number of Sony’s memorial products (over 250 specs) in the hall. It seems they showed the challenging history and technology of Sony. It also indicated the landmark and vestiges of the electrical and electronic industry in the post-war Japan as a whole. I felt this Archives was a Sony- Exh hall xxvaluable facility to be able to examine the Japanese electric industrial development and technology. The following is a small note describing the impression during this visit.

(Note: The pictures in the articles were used in the Sony’s web and brochures, because photograph was not allowed in the archive)

♥  Outline of World Industrial Heritage in Hagi Area

Hagi logo   Several historic industrial sites in Hagi area (Yamaguchi Pref.) were registered as the “World Heritage” by UNSCO under the name of“Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution Heritage” in 2015. The reverberatory furnace, old shipyard site, Shokason-Juku academy
Hagi- Illust 05 heritages.JPGand other two facilities were selected. Then the Hagi city has set up a special facility “ Hagi World Heritage Visitors Center ‘Manabiya’” and started to advertise the details about the selected heritage sites commemorating of the nomination. This Hagi- Illust 03.JPGsummer, I had an opportunity to travel to
Hagi and chanced to visit this “Manabiya” and several heritages sites there. This is a short description memo on this visit. Please look the the full report.

♥ Visit Olympus “Zuikodo” Technology Museum

Olympus microscop Illst 03The “Olympus’“Zuikodo Technology History Museum” (Hachioji, Olympus camera Semi OlympusTokyo) is a precious industrial museum which exhibits the essence of optical technology of Olympus as well as Japanese Optic technology. It was named “Zuikodo” in honor of its original lens “Zuiko” which was developed in 1920s. Recently I have visited this ” Zuikodo” Museum to explore the camera and optic technology world. There many historical and current Olympus Endoscope xxxadvanced optical instruments were displayed, like super microscopes, and high-end endoscopes, beside Olympus
camera collections. The visit was a quite impressive. The following articles are the short memo on this visit impression.

Visiting Nikon Museum; Amazing Optic World

Nikon-x26 Nikon Logo I visited visited the “Nikon Museum” in this May. The Museum was Nikon-x03 Exhibition Hallestablished in 2015 in commemoration of the Nikon’s 100th anniversary.  In this Museum, We can find lots of  optical apparatus ever developed by Nikon, just not only camera’s exhibition.
By this visit people briefly see the Japan’s optical equipment technology in history. This is my record memo at that time.

TUS Science Museum;  The Museum attracts many Computer Fun

 TUS-Illust 007♣  Visit Report of the Science Museum 理科大「近代科学資料館」訪問記

TUS-Author at TUSThe TUS Science Museum is well known of the collection of the leading calculator and computing instruments in Japan. The museum was established in 1980s adjoining Tokyo University of Science in Iidabashi, Tokyo. I have visited this museum in April with my friend to explore the roots of computing machines in Japan. This is a visiting report of the museum describing my impression at that time.
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JCII Camera Museum; Exploring a new charm of cameras

Mirrors of People’s Life and Camera Technology Camera -illust004

Camera - Illust 01Camera - Outlook 01  写真撮影は最もポプラーな趣味であると同時に人々の生活文化に大きな影響を持ってきた。この中にあって、日本の写真機器カメラ製作は高い技術力を誇り、現在、世界の中でもCamera - Juspin最も高い評価とシェアを維持している。キャノン、ニコン、コニカ、オリンパス、リコーなど日本の光学メーカーは、これらの技術開発と製品化で中心的な役割を果たしてきた。私はこの技術開発の経過を確かめたく、東京・半蔵門に日本カメラ博物館を訪ねてみた。以下はこの訪問記録である。
The photograph is the popular pastime goods being loved by many people. It has been Camera - Hall 01giving big influence to people’s live and culture. In this situation Japanese camera is boasting a top level technology, and keeps the highest reputation in the world. Particularly, Japanese optical manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Konica, Olympus, Ricoh, and others have played a central role in this technology development and marketing. Then I visited the “Japan Camera Museum” in Hanzomon, Tokyo for learning about cameras and their development history. The following is the a record of the Museum with some additional data..

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Excellence of Japanese Sword Museum

Summary of Visit “Japan Sword Museum”

東京・渋谷にある1968年に設立された「刀剣博物館」は、現存した日本の美術刀剣と装備品を豊富に収集しJ Sword 01 Museum outlook一般公開展示している。その中には国宝級のものも数多くある。日本の「刀」は武士の権威を示す武具であったが、同時に日本の独特の美意識と優れた職人技術「匠」の粋を示すものである。また、これを製作してきた「刀鍛冶」の技術は、歴史的に地場の鉄鋼加工産業の発展にも貢献してきたといわれる。こんな意識から、今年3月この博物館を訪ねてみた。このレポートは、このときの印象を記したものである。J Sword 04 Sword Exh 01
The unique museum,“Token Museum” (Japanese Sword Museum) in Shibuya, Tokyo, is attracting many people these days. This museum was established in 1968. I visited this sword museum in this March. In the museum, the hundreds of

J Sword 10 Sword Short with OrnamentJ Sword 06 Sword exh 03 Ornamentprecious swords and ornaments of the national treasury class are broadly collected, stored and displayed. Japanese sword is well known by its aesthetic and historical value. But, it’s also reflecting Japanese sensibilities and excellence of craftsman’s skill. After visiting I really felt that the Museum was the best facilities showing up Japanese subtle artistic sense and craftsmanship. This is a report on the impression of my visit with some additional materials.

See full report xyimages     Full Report of “Japan Sword Museum”


Visit Silk Museum in Yokohama – A Story Teller of Miracle Textile (B-006)

Silk M Silk Thread xx今回は横浜にある「シルク博物館」を訪ねてみた。私の生まれ故郷である群馬県富岡市の「富岡製糸所」を訪ねたのがきっかけである。この記録は以前に紹介した。()今回の訪問で、絹製品輸出の主要な窓口港の横浜、そして絹産業が日本の近代産業史にとって重要な役割を担ってきたことを改めて認識した。以下は、その報告を兼ねた印象記録である。

Silk M outlokI visited the Silk Museum in Yokohama last week. This visit was actually motivated by observing the memorial exhibits of Tomioka Silk Mill (now a World Industrial Heritage site. Refer to my blog:  ) in Gunma last year. And this time I expected that the Silk Museum might provide the information regarding how silk industry had grown as a major export product of Japan in history. Because the Museum was established in 1967 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of opening Port City Yokohama, and I knew that Yokohama had bristled with this silk export business in the early time of Meiji period. The visiting was quite satisfactory one in this finding. The report is a small note of impression of visit with some additional data on silk industry.

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Toshiba Science Museum – a Visit Report

 Toshiba Science Museum– An Impression Note (B-005)

♣  Introduction of Visit

Outlook Toshiba Museum川崎にある「東芝未来科学館」を今年2月に訪問した。旧施設は川崎市郊外にあったが、2014年JR川崎駅に隣接する場所に移設、大幅にリニューアルして開館、一般公開している。東芝は、日本を代表するエレクトロニクス・メーカーであるが、博物館は、東芝の技術開発の粋を紹介すると共に、日本全体の電気電子技術発展の姿を伝える数少ない企業博物館の一つである。

Recently I visited “Toshiba Science Museum” to expand my knowledge of electric industries in Japan. The museum moved to the new site at near the Kawasaki JR station with major renovation. And the new museum has opened in 2014 after renewal of exhibition. The Museum purposes to show up Toshiba’s advanced technology, but also tries to introduce a historical development of technology of Japan and global world as well with the visual and animating way in the exhibition.Here’s the visit report of the museum.

Japanese and English website page is provided by the Museum. Let’s contact the following URL if you want to get further info.

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World Heritage – Meiji Japan Industrial Revolution site: Kyushu & Yamaguchi

Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Kyushu-Yamaguchi and Related Areas

Introduction of UNESCO’s “World Industrial Heritage” –


Web Meiji Industrial Heritage xx ユネスコの「世界遺産」に九州・山口を中心とした幕末明治期の産業施設遺跡群が2015年7月登録された。これは、非西洋世界アジアで初めて産業革命と産業近代化を果たした日本の挑戦がグローバルな価値のとして、他のアジア諸国の経済・産業発展にも共有できる産業遺跡と認定されたことによる。登録の後、詳細な説明がWeb上に掲載されたので紹介する。英文による動画も用意されており、日本のみならず、アジアの若い世代にも参考になると思われる。必見である。私も時間を見て施設を実際に訪ねてみたいと思っている。

Web Meiji Industrial heritage xyUNESCO has registered the old industrial facilities in Kyushu and Yamaguch region to be a “world Industrial Heritage “ in July 2015. This registration is mean that Japanese challenges of economic and industrial modernization in the Meiji period has been recognized to have global value showing successful examples of industrial development. After the registration, a detailed description is posted on the Web.Video Meiji Industrial heritage

It provides also video edition in English, so the data will be reference-able for Asian young generations, not only Japanese students who are interested in the Japanese economy. It is a must-see.  I want to actually visit the heritage facilities in Kyushu near future.