— Showing Toilet Revolution and its Impact to Social Life
The 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
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.
Walking around the Kyushu/Yamaguchi “Industrial Heritage” (3)
♠ Nagasaki Shipyard — Making Dawn of shipbuilding in Japan
It is widely known that the “Nagasaki Shipyard ” 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 industry 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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♠ Visit the “Shoko Shuseikan” and World Heritage in Kagoshima
Walking around the Kyushu/Yamaguchi “Industrial Heritage” (2)
♣ Charm of Kagoshima’s World Industrial Heritage
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 1850s. 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 vestiges 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 example, 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.
♣ Touch on the Sony’s Spirit by visiting Archives
Sony 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.
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 valuable 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)
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
and 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 summer, 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.
The “Olympus’“Zuikodo Technology History Museum” (Hachioji, Tokyo) 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 advanced 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.
I visited visited the “Nikon Museum” in this May. The Museum was established 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
♣ Visit Report of the Science Museum 理科大「近代科学資料館」訪問記
The 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.
See TUS Science Museum HP: URL: https://www.tus.ac.jp/info/setubi/museum/
JCII Camera Museum; Exploring a new charm of cameras
Mirrors of People’s Life and Camera Technology
The photograph is the popular pastime goods being loved by many people. It has been giving 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..
Excellence of Japanese Sword Museum
Summary of Visit “Japan Sword Museum”
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
precious 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.
Visit Silk Museum in Yokohama – A Story Teller of Miracle Textile (B-006)
I 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.
Toshiba Science Museum– An Impression Note (B-005)
♣ Introduction of Visit
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.
¶ Detail Contents is Here: B-005 Toshiba Science Museum
Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Kyushu-Yamaguchi and Related Areas
Introduction of UNESCO’s “World Industrial Heritage” –
UNESCO 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.
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.