(Recent Museum Visit)
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Footage of Technology Challenge in the 19 century of Japan and its destiny
Last year, I’ve participated in a grand tour of the former ‘Yokosuka Ironworks site in Yokohama. Currently the Yokosuka port are mostly devoted to the military facilities like SDFJ and US Navy base and dominantly designated as offsite area. But the former dock sites and harbor facilities of the “Yokosuka Ironworks” can be observable from the Yokosuka’s coastal park beyond over the sea. And the “Verny Memorial Museum” and other monuments are facilitated to record the history of the Yokosuka Ironworks in the park. Among them, the museum now exhibits of machinery and equipment which were used in the Yokosuka Ironworks to commemorate their historical activities.
They show the footage how Japan had been engaged in challenging work to master the modern technology in coping up with Western power at the end of the Tokugawa period and afterward. This is a visit record at this time.
— Amazing Inuyama Castle and Karakuri Art
I got visited Inuyama city in Aichi Prefecture lately. The city is famous in a national treasure “Inuyama Castle” built in the 16th century, and to retain historical townscape of Edo period, as well as to organize tradition of the old ritual festivals. So I could observe these historical sites and see some memorial heritages and museums in the city. Among them, the most impressive facility was the “Doll Pavilion” which exhibited the “Karakuri” dolls which is showing the superiority of Japanese craftsmanship in doll makings. It was a short time, but it was quite experience to observe the “Karakuri” exhibition there. Below is an impression of my visit.
– Shows the Social Modernization and Development Industries in Meiji period, Japan–.
There’s a unique theme park which is called “Meiji Mura Village” in Inuyama city near Nagoya . The purpose of Establishment of the park is to restore and display valuable historic building and facilities in the compound.. Last year I had a chance to visit this Park while traveling around Nagoya. These historic buildings visualize how Japan diligently learned the Western architecture and how fast developed its technology since Meiji period. This writing is my observation of Meiji Village at this time of visit.
– Find the culmination of weaving technology of art
Kawashima Textile (currently Kawashima Selkon Textiles) is a legendary Nishijin textile companies in Kyoto. This Kawashima established an artistic museum in 1990s, named “Textile Museum”, to explore the new form of weaving technology and to disseminate Japanese traditional textile-making craftsmanship in the world. The Museum now exhibits various historical fabric works in Japan as well as variety of textile products around the world. Especially, the exhibition of fine artistic woven textiles are glorious. I had a chance to stop by this museum and could observe its wonderful collections while traveling in Kyoto. I found there amazing fusion of modern textile industry and traditional artistic woven works which crystalized into the aesthetics world. This is a description of this visit.
Explore the roots of Shimazu which cradled a Nobel laureate engineer
The Shimazu Co. is a legendary science equipment manufacturer in Kyoto, and famous to rear a Nobel laureate engineer. This Shimazu set up the Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall in 1975 commemorating its 100th anniversary.
I had a chance to visit this museum while traveling in Kyoto last month. The museum has provided many valuable exhibits of epoch-making products of company and memorable pictures with interesting episodes, particularly, focusing the stories about its founding period. I’ve enjoyed very much of visiting. This is a short description at this time.
- –Explore the history of monetary affairs and economic life of Japan
During this summer I revisited the “Money Museum” of Bank of Japan (BOJ) in, Nihonbashi, Tokyo after a long time. The museum is a major learning facility on the Japan’s currency and monetary issues. It was established by Bank of Japan in 1985 to publicize its financial role and the development of monetary problems. In the museum, the historical evolvement of Japanese monetary policies is shown by various real coins and currencies from ancient times to the present.
The museum also illustrates the dynamic flow of the Japanese unique currency movement with specific charts, documents and commentary panels, not only the display of money and coins.The following description is my impression of this visit.
— Encounter the roots of Postal service in Japan
I’ve just visited the “Postal Museum” in Kitasenju, Tokyo, near the Tokyo SkyTree Town recently. The museum extensively shows the situation of postal services of old and new in Japan. The modern postal system was regarded as a core infrastructure for mutual communication in our current society. In the case of Japan, the postal system was first launched in 1871 by adopting the Western modern postal system. Since then, the postal service is developing many types of services in this years. This visit was quite an useful for me to know about the history of communication and social infrastructure of the our society, such as the exchange letters and documents, dissemination and promotion of people’s mutual communication. This is the description on my impression of the visit. See full text…..
—- Hot Spot showing Camera History
The Fujifilm Co., which known as a film and camera maker, set up a “Photo History Museum” in the company’s showroom of Roppongi, Tokyo. I happened to visit this museum in the last summer. The museum looks relatively small, but it provides an unique spot with talking about the camera history as well as showing series of Fujifilm’s flagship cameras, particularly on the Fujica models. The museum displays various pictures and photos indicating global development of the photograph technology. It also provides photo exhibition corner named “Fujifilm Fort Salon” for the photo contest.
This article is an impression of my visit there.
Explore the root of Japan’s modern making and the history of Kamaishi
I came to visit the “Iron History Museum” in Kamaishi just after “Hashino Iron Mine”, the World Heritage. This museum exhibits abundant materials regarding history of Kamaishi’s ironworks, along with useful information on the Hashino & Ohashi blast furnaces.
The collection includes many materials relating to the iron-making methods from the old traditional way, the modern iron-works by the blast furnace, the trace of Oshima Takato who contributed to the development of iron technology, beside the history of the Tanaka Iron Works which led the initial iron-making industries in Kamaishi and Japan. And it would be significant that the museum introduces the historical situation of iron industry in Kamaishi, as well as the states in Japan a whole.
Below is the impression of this time of visit.
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I took a short trip to Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, to observe the Hashino Iron Mining heritage site which has designated as a World Industrial Heritage. The objective was to see the history of the Kamaishi Steelworks (currently the Nippon Steel Sumikin Kamaishi plant), and examine the origin of iron making site where the first blast furnace was built in Japan at the end of the Edo period, and to explore the root of development of iron and steel industries leading the industrial modernization of Japan in Meiji period.
It was a short trip, but I saw various valuable relics of the first modern blast furnaces at Hashino, and I could understand a bit how the iron making technology was advanced from the traditional “Tatara iron making” to the modern ones in history.Here’s the summary of my observation on the current situation of the “Hashino” and a short comment on the historical movement of iron industry in the Kamaishi region.
— Showcase of Challenging Technology of Mitsubishi HI today
I just visited the “Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum”(MMI Museum) located in Yokohama recently. The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is the Japan’s oldest engineering technology company which has been leading and promoting Japanese heavy industries for long time. Now the MHI established the MM Museum in 1994 in Yokohama for the purpose to advertise the technology achievements and goals of company along with the Technology Development Center in the Minatomirai district of Yokohama.
At the Museum they introduce the company’s major leading projects rigorously conducting today, such as environmental energy, deep sea exploration, aircraft, space and rockets equipment, transportation systems, and so on by presenting real products, models, simulation devices in systematic way.
♥ see MHI Museum site: http://www.mhi.co.jp/museum/
I visited “Ishikawajima Archive”（石川島資料館） just after observing the IHI’s” i-Muse” museum. This archive was established by IHI on the purpose to introduce IHI’s development since its beginning and the local history of Ishikawajima region from the Edo era to the present. It was titled as -Area development from Ishikawajima ship yard to IHI business. The museum site is located in the corner of “River City 21” complex along the
Sumida River where’s transformed to the residential area after IHI moved to the newly reclaimed island Toyosu, Tokyo.
It’s never a big facility, but the exhibits are rich and attractive which convey well the
appearance of the evolving society of Ishikawajima area, as well as a history of shipbuilding industry development in Japan. This short description is my impression of visit.
Exhibit IHI works on shipbuilding to space equipment
I visit this “i-Muse” of IHI (formerly Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries) in the head office at Toyosu, Tokyo. IHI is proud of 150 year history since 1876, and now it holds a large share in the shipbuilding, heavy machinery, social and industrial infrastructure in Japan. The “i-Muse” is set
up by the IHI to show the company’s technology achievements in 2006. The records and products are exhibited there from the initial shipbuilding work to the current IHI challenging engineering
works. Then, the museum seems to be a valuable
archive to convey the engineering technology of Japan. This is my visit record at that time.
I visited the port city Shimoda on its way back from Nirayama to Tokyo. Shimoda is the first city formally opened for Western countries and only place permitted foreigners living live in Japan. So the Shimoda became the first community experienced the direct cross-cultural contact for the local Japanese.
From this, Shimoda has many historical sites showing this environment. For example, as “Kurobune Museum” in the premises of “Ryosenji” temple, where was the place to conduct diplomatic negotiations on the Shomoda Treaty, the Shimoda “Kaikoku Museum” (opening port memorial museum) are locating, and “Gyokusenji” temple where the first Consul General Mr. Harris was stayed. I have enjoyed visiting these places on my tour to the South Ize after the visit NRF.
This is my small record at that time of visit. See in detail with full text by click..
( Journey to Nirayama Iron Faunas part 2)
Highlighting Egawa’s contribution to the NRF Furnace and other intelligent works.
I dropped by the old house complex of Egawa clan just after visiting the Nirayama Iron Furnaces. This Egawa’s former residence “Egawa Tei”, was
built in the 15 century, is still remained as it is even after the 600 years or more. So the Residence was prized as a national treasury of Japan.
Meantime, the Egawa clan was a “Daikan”, a
bureaucrat of Tokugawa Shogunate, governing the whole Izu area, Shizuoka for several generations.
And in this family line, Egawa Hidetatsu had performed peculiar role for the Shogun policy regarding the Edo’s maritime defense, foreign policy, and educational activities around the end of the Tokugawa period.
Recently, this Residence area became to the “Egawa Bunko” archive to exhibits valuable materials to trace the former Egawa clan’s historical life and the political and social contribution of Egawa Hidetatsu.
Please refer the full text describing the “Egawa Tei” Archive
Impressed by the iron engineering challenge in the 19c Edo period
Recently, I visited the Reverberatory Furnaces in Nirayama, Izu, Shizuoka area. This historic site is one of the Western style iron melting furnaces which were built for producing iron cannon in the end of the Edo period. This type of furnace construction of was made in the many places such as Saga, Kagoshima, Yamaguchi and others under the threat from Western naval fleets. Particularly, Nirayama’s furnace is important because it shows the real figure of operated iron making process at the time of construction. For this reason, it was designated as the historic treasure of the country and registered as a Unesco’s “World Cultural Heritage” in 2015..
The “Guidance Center” was newly opened at the end of 2016. So we can see many valuable memorial goods and materials, and information on the furnaces. Now many visitors became visiting there to appreciate Reverberatory Furnaces (NRF) as a tourism target.
Seiko Museum ticks the clock watch history nicely in the collection
I visited the Seiko Museum in Sumida ward, Tokyo last year. The Museum is placed along the Sumida River about 10 minute walk from the Mukoijima Station of Tobu line. The famous “Mukojima Hyakaen Garden”, an authentic Japanese style garden, is located near the museum.
The “Seiko Museum” (formerly called Seiko Clock Museum) was set up in 1981 as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Seiko Company. And it has done the major refurbishment in April 2012 and transformed to the full-fledged pubic industrial museum at that time.
The main aim of the establishment is said to acknowledge the development history of clock and watches in Japan as well as in the world. So the museum is displaying huge number of various Japanese precious clocks, old and new, worldwide historical clocks, world famous watches beside Seiko’s own watches, as well as Seiko’s company history.
Explore the roots of Japanese Western study “Rangaku” in the 19 century
The “Siebold Memorial Museum” is found at the hilly site not far from Dejima, Nagasaki. The name of Siebold is widely known as a doctor and
scientist who expanded the precious knowledge of Western medical and science to Japan while staying in “Dejima” in the Edo period. He is also famous to introduce first about
Japanese real life to the European world, particularly on the Japanese fauna and flora, folklore, geography and the other subjects.
The Siebold Memorial Museum was built in 1989 as a monumental archive to praise the contribution of Siebold by the
hand of Nagasaki City government. It’s really wonderful place to visit for touching his footprints and contribution to the Japanese society. After visiting Dejima, I visited this “Siebold Memorial Museum”. This is a small description on my visit.
Home Page of “Siebold Memorial Museum”
Visit Nagasaki-Dejima and Siebold Memorial Museum (part 1)
Recently I visited the Nagasaki-Dejima to make a survey of the Japan’s foreign relation with Europe in the Edo period and its impact to Japanese modernization. It is known that Japan had closed diplomatic relationship with the Western countries over 200 years since 1600s, with the exception of Nagasaki-Dejima. However, the Western information and advanced science knowledge were continuously brought into Japan through the route of this small island. That has given a profound influence to the modernization of Japan afterwards. In recent years, the restoration project of Dejima was undergoing by the Nagasaki city government. When I visited the Dejima, the restoration project was at the final stage. Article here is my visit report of Dejima.
As for the Dejima, the homepages are provide by bilingual way, so the further details are available by the following address:
¶ Home Page “Dejima” http://nagasakidejima.jp/
¶ Home Page of Restration “Dejima” http://www.city.nagasaki.lg.jp/dejima/en/index.html
Historical sites of Miike Coal Mines (part 2)
– Visit the “Omuta Coal Industrial Museum”
(This section is continued section of the Part (1) Miike Coal Mines)
While visiting the historic sites of the Miike Coal Mines, I’ve visited the Omuta Coal
Industrial Museum. This museum used as one of the guiding facility for the visitors to the historical heritages of Miike coal mines in the northern Kyushu, since they were registered as a world cultural heritage in July 2015,
The museum is comprehensively exhibiting the historic materials related to the advancement of coal industries, particularly associated with the Miike coal mines. It seemed the museum was established to utilize this facility as a core promotion spot for the tourism industries around the Omuta area, as well as to remind people about the social background and technology challenges of the coal industry around the area.
In the museum, we can see a lot of learning materials which are displayed in the hall regarding the coal mining measures, products, and the developed technology by historical chart, dioramas and pictures, remodeling scenes, real working tools and equipment.
The contents and visit report were as follows.
Historical sites of Miike Coal Mines (1)
— The rise and fall of coal mining industry around Omuta, Kyushu
The “Miike Coal Mine” was established around1899 in Omuta, northern Kyushu area. This mining site had equipped with modern facilities being unusual at that time, and yielded a massive chunk of coal in order to respond to the huge demand generated by the rapid industrial growth in the middle of Meiji era (1900s). And this mining project is renowned for the contribution a lot to build the foundation of industrial success in the early time of Japan.
With this historical value, the former Miike Coal mines sites were designated as one of the “World Industrial Heritage” in 2015 by Unesco.
I’ve recently had a chance to visit these Miike coal mines while traveling in Kyushu, such as Miyanohara coal pit, Miike port, railroad track of Miike mines, as well as the “Coal Industry Science Museum in Omuta”.
This is a small record at that time.
Access to the Coal Mines sites
大牟田の近代化産業遺産ホームページ (Omuta’s modernized industrial heritage website ) https://www.miikecoalmines.jp/outline.html
— Look into the logistics world now and past —
There’s a unique museum in Shinagawa, Tokyo which explores the Japanese transportation systems named the “Museum of Logistics.” There, we could find various historical materials that show the evolution of transport and logistics technology and tools from medieval time to the present time in Japan. I have visited this museum to get certain images and knowledge about development of transportation systems and technology in Japan. This is a report describing my impression when I visited.
– A Historical Heritages ‘Yahata” as a Landmark of Japan’s Industrial Development-—
It is said that one of the industrial development strategies after the Meiji restoration in 19c was the building up strong steel industry in Japan among others. The landmark policy was the establishment of the government-run “Yawata Steel Works” (“Imperial Steel Works”) in 1901.
After that Japan’s steel-making industry has made remarkable progress owing much to the success of Yawata Steel. This contribution was widely recognized in the world, and the sites of the former Yawata Steel were designated as a UNESCO’s “World Industrial Heritage” in 2015.
So I have visited these sites to try to find history of Yahata Steel there. This small report was made to describe the impression at that time.
♣ Museum Outlook
I visited the “Chiba Museum of Science and Industry” located in the Ichikawa City, Chiba, which is introducing the latest science & technology and the industrial development, particularly in the metropolitan area of Chiba. The museum was established in 1992. It exhibits various scientific goods and devices related recent achievement of technology in the field of petrochemical, iron & and steel, and electric industries. It is said that more than five million visitors have already visited since its launching. This report is my short description on my visit. The museum would surely give us a precious opportunity to learn about the origins of current science and technology,
–Touch the Tire’s Engineering Technology and Entrepreneurship
ブリヂストン博物館訪問 - ゴムとタイヤの科学が学べる博物館 —
It is a rarely told but famous story that the global tire maker “Bridgestone” was born from a small firm “Shima-Ya” which had been producing Japanese socks “Tabi” in Kurume, Kyushu in the Meiji period.
This Bridgestone has established the “Bridgestone TODAY” Museum in March 2001 to promote the company’s products and developed technology in commemoration of its 70 years anniversary. There huge number of tire related exhibits are displayed In the museum to show their tire products, high-tech tires, rubber technology as well as company’s own history and its R&D efforts.
— 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.
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/
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. The report is a record of the Museum visit with some additional data.
“Token Museum” (Japanese Sword Museum) is an unique museum to exhibit the many precious swords and ornaments of the national treasury class. We can appreciate excellence of craftsman’s skill as well as the iron processing technology which became the base of later metal processing industry.
The Silk Museum provides the sensible information about a history of silk industry in Japan which has developed as a major export product. The report is a small note of impression of visit with some additional data on Yokohama.
The Museum exhibits many Toshiba’s advanced technology products, and also introduces a historical electric technology development process in Japan and global. It was a valuable experience to know about sophisticating electric technology in Japan.
UNESCO has registered the old industrial facilities in Kyushu and Yamaguch region to be a “world Industrial Heritage “ in July 2015. This section introduces some Web information on the related issues.
Seiko Museum shows the historical development of clock and watch in Japan and world, as well as indicates the level of a Japanese precision mechanical engineering. The visit gave me rich information about them.
The story of Tomioka Mill, designated to the World Heritage by UNESCO, might be a great symbol of Japanese Industrial Revolution in the 19c Meiji Period. My visit made me remind again how Japan could have emerged as an industrial nation from the early time.
Explore to the digital techno-entrepreneur Kashio. It’s an impressing visit to touch on the digital giant Casio Co. and its innovative products in the electronics. Here’s the small report on the Kasio Toshio as a techno-entrepreneur.