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Visit Toyota Industrial Technology Museum- (2)Automobile Pavilion

Showing Toyota’s historical challenge and its current  technology of Toyota Vehicles      

Toyota A- overview x 04.JPG Toyota A- Illust x18    Here, I’ll report on the exhibition of “Automobile Pavilion” in theToyota Industrial Museum, following the last “Textile Pavilion.”. The “Automobile Pavilion” in the museum shows the Toyota’s historical development of technology and its initial business challenge, as well as its current conditions of automobile technology of 
Toyota A- Model car x 01.JPGToyota.
As we see the previous observation, Toyota has challenged to product automobiles using accumulated technology and capitals based on the textile machinery business from 1930s. The museum shows how Toyota could successfully transform its business from textile sector to automobile and how it expand its automobile technology and business to the current Toyota A- First stage x06.JPGoutstanding great position in the historical views and extensive technological analysis.
Toyota A- Model car x 12.JPG.  



Visit Toyota Industrial Museum (1) – Textile Pavilion

Exploring the secret of Toyota initiative of textile initiatives

ToyotaT- Logo x01.JPG              When the meeting being held last year in Nagoya, I ToyotaT- View x01.JPGhave visited the Toyota Museum of Industrial and Technology.  Because I’ve been long interested in the role of automobile industries in Japan and Toyota’s unique position of technology development and businesses in it. Regarding the automobile industries, it looks lots of hot issues are popularly discussed these days, like future of automotive industry,  environmental measures, technological shifting  to electric vehicles, safety and autonomous driving cars, and so on.  In this circumstance, ToyotaT- loom x01.JPGvisiting the ToyotaT- loom x04.JPGMuseum was really good chance  to get some clues for me about the technology issues of automobile industry as a whole and its development history in Japan.


  Visit Suzuki History Museum

Suzuki’s business development from weaving to bike and towards automobile

SuzukiM- logox01.JPG  I had chance to visit Hamamatsu recently. There we could realize that SuzukiM- View01.JPGmajor world-class motorcycle manufacturers, like Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha,  were all born  and developed around this industrial zone in Shizuoka prefecture.  Among them, Suzuki is quite strong in the motorbikes and lightweight vehicles business and SuzukiM- View02.JPGholds quite big share in Asia.  Then, I decided to visit the “Suzuki History Museum” in this occasion. The Museum exhibited many motorcycles and lightweight-cars which were produced by Suzuki while describing the evolution of its manufacturing there.


Visit Mizuno Printing Museum in Tokyo

—  Insight of the printing history with amazing exhibits

Mizuno- view x01.JPG    I’ve heard there’s a unique private museum on rare printing materials in near Tsukiji, Tokyo which is established by a printing company “Mizuno Pritech. ”   So recently I visited there. The museum has exhibited a lot of historic printing machines and valuable printed products.  Mizuno- Exhibt x06.JPGThere many Japanese and European historic printing works are observed, including the old European typographic booksMizuno- Exhibt x09.JPG since Gutenberg, in addition to Japan’s ancient and medieval book prints, wood-curved products in Edo period, first letterpress prints in Meiji period.    Beside printing goods, the museum exhibits valuable hand-press machines too.  I’m really impressed on the quality and volume of exhibits in the museum though it’s never a big facility. I’ve tried to describe the feature of collection and its cultural significance here.

Visit “World Bag and Luggage Museum” of “ACE”

Showing amazing collection of bags and their diversity in the world

Bag M- illust x-01.JPG     Bags are essential goods for travel and expedition for long.  Bag M- Overview x-01.JPGSo people tried to device a variety of tools for their social necessity since ancient times.  Many items are used in this purpose, such as holding bags and sacks, box-shaped carrying equipment, handing purses, shoulder basket, large-scale woven containers, beside many other backpacks, suitcases, carrying goods. In this sense, the museum is quite Bag M- Bag Exh x-10.JPGknowledgeable for learning about history of carrying tools and their diversity because it is showing many exhibits classified by time and region in the world. I had a nice chance to visit this museum the other day and could learn much about bags. Such as, old Japanese bringing tools, European traveling equipment in 18th and 9th century, contemporary brand bags, etc.    The museum also introduces the company history of Japan’s suitcase maker “ACE”. It was an enjoyable experience for me too.

Visit Toppan’s Printing Museum in Tokyo

– Explores development of printing world and society in history –

Print M- Logo x-01.JPG The Toppan’s Printing Museum is located in the Koishi-kawa in Print M- Outlook x-04.JPGBunkyo Ward, Tokyo. The Museum is famed for displaying the elaborate historic features of publishing culture in the world as well as Japan.  Last month I could visit the Museum.
In the museum, a wide range of exhibits describing printing culture and technology that Print M- Outlook x-03.JPGinfluenced to human activities and its cultural advancement, such as development of the style of characters and drawing pictures, the way of printing technology.  Many examples of historic evidence of printing from the ancient Print M- Illust x-09.JPGworld to the present are exhibited, including Chinese text scripts, Japanese woodblock prints, in addition to the Western typographic printings works from Gutenberg, modern printing modes of Japan, etc.

Visit Noritake Ceramics Museum in Nagoya

— Looking into the artistic endeavor  of Noritake’s ceramic business —Noritake- logo-x01.JPG Japanese porcelain has been an important export item even beforeNoritake- Overview-x02.JPG the Edo era. However, Western ceramic tableware was a completely new field, so it was the Meiji period to begin with producing them for the first time in Japan. Noritake (former name · Japanese Ceramics) was a company which promoted this challenging business. This Noritake has recently established the “Noritake no Mori” Green Park Noritake- Artworks-x09.JPGfor commemorating its 100th anniversary. This park was set up at the memorial place where its first factory was constructed. In the Park, there are some museums and facilities found which display the Noritake’s development story, historic products, working process, and intriguing matters.

Visit Mikimoto Memorial Hall

–  Explored the life and works of  a “Pearl King”  Mikimoto Yukichi

Mikimoto-H Kokichi x04.JPG    In the Pearl Island, there is Mikimoto’s “Memorial Hall” besides Mikimoto-H Hall x01.JPGthe “Pearl Museum”. This Hall is showing the amazing works of Mikimoto Kokichi who has developed Japanese pearl industry.  Kokichi is noted as an innovative entrepreneur producing cultured pearls for the first time in the world.       In the Hall, the biographical story of Mikimoto Kokichi’s life and work is elaborately described, such as how he began Mikimoto-H Hall x03.JPGthe pearl business in his young age, and how he challenged and succeeded to produce “cultured pearl” in facing many difficulties and hardships. You’ll find a plenty of exhibits about  Kokichi’s business life which is displayed by numerous photos, real products, memorials and documents, commentary panel and others.

Visit the Pearl Museum in Toba and Mikimoto

—  Explore the secret of pearl jewelry world and Mikimoto’s pearl revolution

Mikimoto M- Logo x01.JPG   I had a chance to visit the “Mikomoto Pearl Museum” in “Pearl Island” ofMikimoto M- Museum x04.JPG Toba, in Mie Prefecture this year. The Pearl Island is a famous place where Mr. Mikimoto had successfully developed “cultured” pearls for the first time in the world, and the island is now one of the tourist attractions Mikimoto M- Miki treasure x01.JPGMikimoto M- M history x08.JPGin the Ise Shima National Park too. The Pearl Museum shows us amazing pearl world by providing exhibits of real pearls and elaborate explanation regarding nature of pearls, way of breeding of pearl, making process of pearl’s jewelry, and other information related to pearls. It was a quite knowledgeable Mikimoto M- Illust x04.JPGmuseum to see the history of pearls, and how man-made culture pearl was born and developed in this area. In addition, I had an occasion to visit the “Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial Hall” which shows the development story of “cultured pearl” of Mikimoto Co. and its founder Mikimoto’s biography. I was quite interesting visit, so I’d like to report it here.


Visit NYK Maritime Museum and Mitsubishi

— Museum shows how Japanese maritime industry was formed and developed

NYK- Logo x01.JPG      Recently I had chance to visit the “NYK Maritime Museum ofNYK- Maritime x14.JPG History” in Yokohama and Mitsubishi Historic Museum in Tokyo. These Museums clearly show the development story of shipping industry in Japan from the Meiji period to now and the evolution by Mitsubishi Group. NYK- Maritime x23By visiting two museums, I felt to be able to understand slightly how Japanese maritime and shipping industries were formed and advanced as well as the history of Mitsubishi Business Group “Zaibatsu”.

Visit Tokyo Waterworks Historical Museum

—  Explore the water management and technology in Edo and Meiji period

Water M- illust 09.JPG      Without the completion of elaborated waterworks in the Edo city, which Water M- overview 01.JPGhad surpassed one million population in 19th century, wouldn’t be impossible to sustain their prosperous people’s life in that period.  The “Waterworks History Museum” of Tokyo conveys such Water M- overview 04.JPGa message and describes the history how this waterworks was constructed and benefited to our social activity, as well as it informs their development effort and wisdom to construct them. So I visited this historic museum to know the background  of waterworks in Tokyo recently. This is the record of my visit.


Visit Japan Stationary Museum in Tokyo

         – Explore the roots of writing and painting tools in history —

Bungu- illust x14.JPG     There’s interesting museum displaying stationery instruments inBungu- outline x01.JPG Asakusa-bashi, Tokyo, so I visited there recently in my curiosity. Name of this museum is “Japan Stationary Museum”, where the variety of historic goods for the business and educational use are Bungu- outline x03collected and exhibited in global scale. This facility is proud of huge collection of ancient writing tools and its historic documents, such as variety of Chinese and Japanese brushes and ink-stones, precious pencils old and new, fountain pens, and others.


Visit Paper Museum in Oji, Tokyo

         A museum for deepening knowledge about paper’s culture

paper museum- Logo x01.JPG       Invention of paper and its development have greatly benefited to  thepaper museum- Hall x01.JPG society in its lifestyle and cultivated the new frontier of cultural evolution in history. There’s a museum to make us feel like that.  The “Paper Museum” in the Ohji district, Tokyo which established in 1998 is that.  I encountered the fortune vising this museum lately.
paper museum- history x01.JPG       This museum was describing the global history of paper with its socio-cultural impact, and evolution of Japan’s “Washi” paper and other interesting subjects, including  current trends of recent paper industry in Japan,  features of  papers used in our daily use.  Here’s the my impression of visit.

Visit Yokosuka Ironwork and Shipbuilding sites

         Footage of Technology Challenge in the 19 century of Japan and its destiny

Yokosuka- logo 05.JPGLast year, I’ve participated in a grand tour of the former ‘Yokosuka Yokosuka- Ironwork x01.JPGIronworks 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 Yokosuka- Museum x01.JPGof 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.

Visit Inuyama Karakuri Doll Museum

         — Amazing Inuyama Castle and Karakuri Art 

Inuyama- illust x01.JPG        I got visited Inuyama city in Aichi Prefecture lately. The cityInuyama- town x01.JPG 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 Inuyama- Doll x16museums 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.

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Theme Park “Meijimura” in Nagoya suburbs

– Shows the Social Modernization and Development Industries in Meiji period, Japan–.

Meiji- logo x01.JPG      There’s a unique theme park which is called “Meiji Mura Village” in Inuyama city near Nagoya Meiji- Illust x03.JPG 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.Meiji- Building x11.JPG     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.


Visit artistic Kawashima Textile Museum

– Find the culmination of weaving technology of art 

kawashima- Logo x01.JPG       Kawashima Textile (currently Kawashima Selkon Textiles) is a Kawashima- Museum-x02.JPGlegendary 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 Kawashima- Tsuzure -x01.JPGwell 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.


Visit Shimazu Foundation Memorial Hall

Shimazu- Illust x04.JPGExplore the roots of Shimazu which cradled a Nobel laureate engineer

The Shimazu Co. is a legendary science equipment manufacturer in Shimazu- Hall x01.JPGKyoto, 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 shimazu- diisplay x06.JPGtraveling 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.

Visit the “Currency Museum” of Bank of Japan

  • –Explore the history of monetary affairs and economic life of Japan

JOB- Illust x10       During this summer I revisited the “Money Museum” of Bank of Japan BOP- Entrance.JPG(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, JOB- coin medieval x02.JPGthe 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.

Visit Postal Museum in Tokyo

— Encounter the roots of Postal service in Japan 

Postal- Illuust x01 I’ve just visited the “Postal Museum” in Kitasenju, Tokyo, near the Tokyo SkyPostal- outlook x01.JPGTree 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 Postal- Illuust x02.JPGin 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…..


Visit Photo History Museum of Fujifilm

                         —- Hot Spot showing Camera History

Fuji- M- Logo x02.JPG      The Fujifilm Co., which known as a film and camera maker, set up a “PhotoFuji- M- outlook x01.JPG 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 Fuji- M- outlook x02.JPGcameras, 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.

Visit Kamaishi’s “Museum of Iron History”

  Explore the root of Japan’s modern making and the history of Kamaishi

Iron Museum- logo x1.JPG      I came to visit the “Iron History Museum” in Kamaishi just after iron Museum - Outlook x02.JPG“Hashino Iron Mine”, the World Heritage. This museum  exhibits abundant materials regarding history of Kamaishi’s ironworks, along with useful information on the Iron Museum- Oshima x01.JPGHashino & 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 ironIron Museum- outlook x02.JPG 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.     Iron Museum- illust x06.JPG
Below is the impression of this time of visit.
It would be great pleasure if you look it through with the previous record “Visit Hashino Iron Mine.”

Visit Kamaishi and its old Iron Making Heritage 

Hashino- illust x07.JPG       I took a short trip to Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, to observe the Hashino Hashino- F Stone x01.JPGIron 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 Hashino- mining x06.JPGfurnaces 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.

Visit to the Mitsubishi Industrial Museum

— Showcase of Challenging Technology of Mitsubishi HI today
三菱みなとみらい技術館訪問  ―三菱重工の技術挑戦をみるー

MHI Illust x02.JPG      I just visited the “Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum”MHI general x01.JPG(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 MHI general x04.JPGMM Museum in 1994 in Yokohama for the purpose to advertise the technology achievements and goals of company along with the Technology Development Center inMHI space x-02.JPG 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.    

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Visit IHI Ishikawajima Archive

Ishikawa logo x01.JPG     I visited “Ishikawajima Archive”(石川島資料館) just after observing the IHI’s” i-Muse” museum. This archive was established by Ishikawa Outlook x02.JPGIHI 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.
Ishikawa worker x01.JPG   Ishikawa Ship x01.JPG     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.

Visit the “i-Muse” IHI’s Technology Museum

    Exhibit IHI works on shipbuilding to space equipment

IHI- outlook x02.JPGI visit this “i-Muse” of IHI (formerly Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy IHI- outlook x03.JPGIndustries) 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 IHI- Tanker x01.JPGIHI- Jet x01.JPGshipbuilding 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.


Visit the “Kurofune” and the “Kaikoku” Museum in Shimoda, Izu

I visited the port city Shimoda on its way back from Nirayama to Tokyo. Shimoda is Himoda-Perryx01.JPGthe first city formally opened for Western countries and only place Shimoda- Kaikoku x03.JPGpermitted 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 Shimoda- Kurofune Mx01.JPGthis environment. For example, as “Kurobune Museum” in the premises of “Ryosenji” temple, where was the place to conduct Shimoda- illust x06.JPGdiplomatic 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..

Visit the “Egawa Tei Residence” in Nirayama, Izu

( Journey to Nirayama Iron Faunas part 2)

Highlighting Egawa’s contribution to the NRF Furnace and other intelligent works.

Egawa- illust x01.JPG      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 Egawa- Bunko x01.JPG
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 Egawa- Treasure x02.JPGwhole 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. Egawa- house x04.JPG
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

Visit Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces  

                        Impressed by the iron engineering challenge in the 19c Edo period

NRF- Illust x01      Recently, I visited the Reverberatory Furnaces in Nirayama, Izu, Shizuoka area. This historic site is one of the Western style iron melting furnaces NRF- Volunteer guide x01which 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 NRF- Furnace x05from 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.. NRF- Illust x05
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.

NRF- Egawa x02        NRF- Rangaku x01     NRF- Illust x11


SEIKO Museum revisited

         Seiko Museum ticks the clock watch history nicely in the collection

Seiko2- Illust x02.JPG     I visited the Seiko Museum in Sumida ward, Tokyo last year. The seiko2- building x01.JPGMuseum 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 Seiko2- Exh hall x01.JPGMuseum) 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.Seiko2- old x01.JPG

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.

Visit “Siebold Memorial Museum” in Nagasaki

Explore the roots of Japanese Western study “Rangaku” in the 19 century

Siebold- Illust x05.JPG       The “Siebold Memorial Museum” is found  at the hilly site not far from siebold-museum-look-x01Dejima, 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.Siebold- Museum look x04.JPG
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”

Memories of Visit Nagasaki “Dejima”

    Visit Nagasaki-Dejima and Siebold Memorial Museum (part 1)

 Dejima- logo x01.JPG  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 Dejima- old x01.JPGJapanese 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 Dejima- Restoration x02.JPGmodernization 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”
¶ Home Page of Restration “Dejima”

Visit the Miike Coal Mines site (2) “Coal Museum”

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
miike-museum-x02Industrial Museum
. This museum used as one of the guiding facility for the visitors to the historical heritages of Miike coal mines in the northern miike-museum-x01Kyushu, 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 Miike- Museum x03.JPGtourism 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.


Visit the former Coal Mines of Mitsui Miike (part 1)

Historical sites of  Miike Coal Mines (1)
— The rise and fall of coal mining industry around Omuta, Kyushu

Miike- Illust y01.jpg   The “Miike Coal Mine” was established around1899 in Omuta, northern Kyushu area. This mining site had equipped Miike- Miyanohara x01.JPGwith 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 miike-illust-y02were 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

Visit the “Museum of Logistics” in Shinagawa

— Look into the logistics world now and past —

Logistics- illustx01.JPG    There’s a unique museum in Shinagawa, Tokyo which explores the Japanese Logistics- building x01.JPGtransportation 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 Logistics- History ex x01.JPGcertain images and knowledge about development of transportation systems and technology in Japan. This is a report describing my impression when I visited.


Visit Yawata Steel Works and its Blast Furnace Site

– A Historical Heritages ‘Yahata” as a Landmark of Japan’s Industrial Development-


Yahata-logo x01 office.JPG    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 Yahata- Furnas x01.JPG“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.

Visit Chiba Museum of Science and Industry


♣  Museum Outlook

Chiba-Logo x04.JPG   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-M Outlook  x01.JPGChiba. 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 Chiba-Blast furnes x-1.JPGsteel, 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,

 Visit of Bridgestone Today; the Tire’s Science Museum

            –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 —

BS-Illustx01.JPG   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.
BS-Illustx04 Museum Pic.JPG  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 BS-Exhibit tires x01.JPGanniversary. 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.


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.

 ♥  Visit Report of the Science Museum 

TUS-LogoTUS-Museum Study.JPGTUS-Illust 007  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.
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♥  JCII Camera Museum; a new charm of cameras

Camera – 100 years  Front - Image x002  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.


 ♥  Excellence of Japanese Sword Museum

J Sword 04 Sword Exh 01   “Token Museum” (Japanese Sword Museum) is an unique mJ Sword 23 Samurai Illust 01useum 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.


 ♥  Visit Silk Museum in Yokohama – A Story Teller of Miracle Textile

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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 Silk Illust xxadditional data on Yokohama.



 ♥  Toshiba Science Museum – a Visit Report

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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.


♥  Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution site “Kyushu -Yamaguchi”

Web Meiji Industrial heritage xyPanda Illust xx   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.


♥  Introduction of  the Seiko Museum

Seiko-picture xxSeiko-illust x01   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.


♥  Tomioka Silk Mill as a World Industrial Heritage

M18=Tomioka xx04Tomioka-Illust xx 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.

♣  Casio Digital Museum Visit;

Casio-Museum pic xxCasio-illust xy                                                                                         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.

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