南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Nagoya city

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology was established in what was once a factory of Toyota Spinning & Weaving’s head office. This place is where it all began for the Toyota Group. Through such things as demonstrations of original machinery and explanatory video footage, it is easy to learn about the Toyota Group’s involvement with textile machinery through to its transition to automotive technology.

Video Clip outining the tour’s coures

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The "Circular Loom" is an invention of the group’s founder, Sakichi Toyoda, and is on display just inside the entrance. It is a symbol of this museum, representing "the spirit of research and creation".

Robert and Rick try their hands at the spinning demonstration, creating thread from raw cotton. They both agree -"When you think Toyota, you think cars. It’s so surprising to think that spinning is where it all started".

In 1924 the world’s most efficiently performing "non-stop shuttle change automatic loom" (the Type G) was completed. The guys are both overwhelmed by the power of the machine when manned by an operator. Both are engrossed as they fired off many questions.

Antonella and Christelle are both captivated by the robots. It looks like they are particularly taken with the futuristic mobility unit, "i-unit," first introduced at the 2005 Aichi Expo.

Just in front of the exit, one of Toyota’s ‘Partner Robots’ entertains with a musical performance on the trumpet. Antonella and Christelle agree – "It’s adorable".

The trumpet used by the robot is the same as those used by humans. It performs such pieces as "When you wish upon a star" and "I just called to say I love you".

With the visit over, the tour is nearly finished. They gaze at the retro-style buildings as they head towards the final destination, the Nagoya Station Complex.