Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Technology and Industry…

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Nagoya Castle and Toyota Museum of Technology and Industry

a couple of hours of work morning, breakfast and a brief around town, Robert to the hotel to work on his grant. We are incredibly tired from and work, but I figured there only a few hours left to Nagoya and did not know when would be an opportunity to get back, so a around town to see a couple of should be in order. My hope is there will be opportunities to given the seemingly successful to our collaboration with Mineo

Here I am running on fumes in the on the way down to what I anticipated be a long day walking. I had no idea… At Nagoya is a most friendly town with bridges span the busiest intersections ramps built into the of the stairs to facilitate bike which is very cool. In I should have looked to see if were any bike rental which would have facilitated getting around

At any rate, I walked North the hotel to the Nagoya Castle. The was originally built on the orders of Ieyasu being completed in Unfortunately in 1945 air raids on essentially all buildings were and destroyed with the exception of corner towers, three and most of the painings in the Hommaru that were able to be Like many structures Japan, it was rebuilt and finally in 1959 as a duplicate of the original with modern implementations. The are essentially in the middle of Nagoya and a respite from the busy streets surrounding the castle.

was also a botanical exhibit on with bonsai trees and and amazing displays of artistry. were coming from all Nagoya including a number of that came to the exhibition attending a tea ceremony dressed in kimonos. One of the kimonos in particular have delighted H to no end, so I had to a close up image of the kimono two cats sitting on a rooftop.

the Nagoya Castle, I walked to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of and Technology. I had hoped to see the Toyota Museum. but there was just no way I have squeezed that this trip even it was just a 30 minute train away. I seriously debated it, but how tight things were, I it would simply have to be trip.

At any rate, the Toyota Commemorative of Industry and Technology turned out to be an museum with original looms from the early of The Toyota Group. The museum is into two principal sections, a machinery pavilion and an automotive with each section the engineering and function of the various devoted to each discipline. My would have loved place.

The Toyota Group built in 1925 was the head of the Toyoda Spinning Company.

The pavilion originally was a cotton factory built in 1912, but now as the showcase for Toyota textile over the past century as as showcasing original Japanese for weaving going back to the Edo of the 1600s. The amazing thing this museum is that it is a museum where all of the looms are in working condition with employees present to demonstrate how of the looms functions. Most of the present were women in the charming pink and chocolate that looked for all the world high fashion straight out of the

A photograph of an early 1900′s workshop to maintain the looms.

The loom was Sakichi Toyoda’s that came true in with a design that “weaving extremely broad quietly and without wasting

The automotive pavilion is the other part of this museum demonstrates the early history of the Motor Corporation as well as off various automotive and manufacturing You also get to operate some of the yourself including a 600 ton body press and robotic welding and exhibits. The exhibit begins a high tech introduction takes you through some of the of the Toyota corporation then you to the early days of Toyota with their Model AA .

After the exhibits demonstrating the days of automobile production, you out onto a platform overlooking on automotive production ranging the 1930s to modern technology robotic welding and the aforementioned 600 ton all of which function and can be operated by It is an impressive exhibit with operating on a scale I’ve before seen in a museum.

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the museum exhibits end with technology demonstrators including and personal transportation devices as the iUnit and iSwing.

Toyota Robots are available in a number of that walk, roll or are on fixed pedestals principally for However, the goal is to make functional robots that or assist our lives.


The i-unit and were designed by Toyota to be a mobility devices that freedom of travel with harmony and the environment. I have to say the first time I saw pictures of devices, I thought “kinda but seeing them in person in with a densely crowded really brings the mission of concepts home.

After the museum, I walked to the central part of town by the terminal through lots of new rise construction, then an old part of town by the canals and to the hotel to meet Robert for a dinner. The amazing thing some of the construction is that it was up essentially on top of older, small and the contrast of old and new was quite striking. I that I had a true wide lens with me at the time would have enabled the shot I wanted to show the It looks like that 16-35mm f/2.8 is in my future.

modern schoolkid style on the of Nagoya is a style that is carefully groomed to look It made me laugh.

Again, all of wheeled, modded, bizarre are seen plying Japanese that make you wonder if could ever be street in the US. I loved every minute of and somehow wished that we get away with it back

I think I mentioned the tiles for the in a previous entry, but here is a picture of them. The idea is the linear tiles help one in a straight line to another across the street while the tiles demarcate the edge of the These are everywhere and do my heart to see them.

Well, it’s dinner tonight and perhaps if I can the energy, a night out photographing.

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