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Yanmar Museum opened in March 2013 to mark the company's centennial. See Yanmar diesel engines, rice-farming tractors, and the life of founder Yamaoka Magokichi. English explanations also provided. MAP
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Yanmar Museum is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (enter by 5 pm), Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday) and from December 29 to January 3.
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The museum is a 10-min. walk from JR Nagahama Station. On weekends and national holidays, there's shuttle bus from Nagahama Station. Museum admission for adults is 600 yen. Half price for kids.
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Exhibit of the nationally famous TV weather forecast sponsored by Yanmar, featuring the popular characters Yanbo and Mabo.
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Exhibit of the nationally famous TV weather forecast sponsored by Yanmar, featuring the popular characters Yanbo and Mabo.
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Yanmar Museum entrance hall.
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The entrance hall has an early diesel engine.
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Yamaoka Magokichi (1888-1962) 山岡孫吉, founder of Yanmar Diesel, Co. In 1933, he developed the world's first compact diesel engine.
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Native of Takatsuki in northern Nagahama. At age 24, Yamaoka Magokichi established Yamaoka Hatsudoki Seisakusho 山岡発動機工作所, the forerunner of Yanmar Diesel Co., now called Yanmar Co.
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One exhibition room (free admission) is dedicated to Yanmar founder Yamaoka Magokichi. Everything is in both Japanese and English. Excellent!
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Biography of Yamaoka Magokichi who had a strong sense to help people. There is also a short video about him with English subtitles.
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Yamaoka Magokichi was awarded the Order of Merit from Germany.
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Yamaoka Magokichi was awarded this ring from Augburg, Germany, making him an honorary citizen. Yamaoka had built a stone monument for Rudolf Diesel in Augsburg, a sister city of Nagahama.
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History of Yanmar. Also see photos of Takatsuki where he was based. He built a large public hall too.
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Emperor Hirohito once visited a Yanmar factory in rural Nagahama.
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Inside Yanmar Museum with two floors on the inside.
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The main exhibits mainly show agricultural machinery (tractors, etc.) and marine engines.
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Power tiller
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About the power tiller.
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Ride-on tractor, a step up from the power tiller. From the 1960s.
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About the ride-on tractor, a step up from the power tiller.
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Current model of a Ride-on tractor.
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You can even enter and sit in the driver's seat.
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Before and after having farm machinery.
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Rice transplanter is also something we see in early summer in rural Japan.
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Rear of rice transplanter.
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Closeup of Rice transplanter. When one arm goes down to plant, the other goes up to pick another seedling.
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About the rice transplanter.
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Combine to harvest rice.
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Hydraulic excavator
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This was the most fun thing. It's a Hydraulic excavator that you can operate.
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Use the levers to bring the shovel down/up or swivel it left/right and to scoop up or release the little balls.
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Another power excavator simulator.
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The corporate name "Yanmar" was named after the oni-yanmar (オニヤンマ) Golden-ringed dragonfly in 1921. The largest dragonfly native to Japan. Chosen because it is a sign of plentiful harvests.
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Oni-yanma (オニヤンマ) Golden-ringed dragonfly. The largest dragonfly native to Japan. It can grow up to 110 mm. Found in most parts of Japan."Anotogaster sieboldii" by Hljboss - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://goo.gl/ghhKQj
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Marine diesel engine used in a boat in Ishinomaki up until the Tohoku disaster in March 2011.
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Marine leisure engine
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Life-size boat in the middle of the museum is actually a simulator.
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Inside the boat simulator. It's an easy ride. You can't go off course...
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The museum's 2nd floor mainly has outboard engines on display.
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The museum's 2nd floor.
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The museum's rooftop is also open to the public. The museum also holds various hands-on activities like rice planting/growing.
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Footbath on the Yanmar Museum rooftop. Too hot in summer, but maybe nice in colder months.
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A few more stairs and this lookout deck on the museum roof.
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Nagahama Castle can be seen from the Yanmar Museum rooftop.
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Heiwado near Nagahama Station can be seen from the Yanmar Museum rooftop.
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Kunitomo teppo no sato Matchlock Museum (Kunitomo Gun Museum) 国友鉄砲の里資料館 MAP
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Kunitomo Gun Museum
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Former Kunitomo gunsmith home
 
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