Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry&Technology
Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
48Trip End May 17, 2013
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The feature of the loom pavilion was earnest curators, who explained and demonstrated the looms. To tell you the truth, I didn't intend to spare much time for the loom pavilion, but thanks to them, I spent there more than one hour and 20 minutes out of two hours in total for the museum. Spinning demonstration was so intriguing that I was really into it, partly because I didn't know that cotton thread is made only by spinning and drawing cotton. Sakichi's inventions were certainly impressive, especially his wooden hand loom, but the eagerness of museum curators was more impressive. ”Always be studious and creative, striving to stay ahead of the times", Sakichi said. The museum may be a specific example reflected by the idea for futuristic museums.
Forging demonstration was also interesting. The demonstrator heated a bar of iron up to 1200 deg C and molded a part of car with a machine in one minute. The audience was only me at that time, but he didn't mind showing the demonstration.
Automobile pavilion was a two-storied building. The model of the former car plant, which was founded as just the car division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works in 1926, was displayed at the beginning
Just out of the museum, there was a special photo exhibition on the Meiji Period of Japan. Interestingly, some of the photos of Japanese sceneries were taken by Japanese photographers who had just learned photography in the late 19th century and called "Yokohama photographs". The others were taken by Americans and brought back to Japan later. Besides, the original pictures had been black-and-white, but the pictures were beautifully painted by professional painters and some photos looked more beautiful than their real things.
TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
Craftsmanship in Japan (Aichi Prefecture)