JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Yanmar Museum & Other Nagahama Museums ヤンマーミュージアム・他
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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/ghhKQjAug 04, 2014
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Heiwado near Nagahama Station can be seen from the Yanmar Museum rooftop. Aug 04, 2014
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Nagahama Castle can be seen from the Yanmar Museum rooftop. Aug 04, 2014
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A few more stairs and this lookout deck on the museum roof.Aug 04, 2014
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Footbath on the Yanmar Museum rooftop. Too hot in summer, but maybe nice in colder months.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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The museum's 2nd floor.Aug 04, 2014
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The museum's 2nd floor mainly has outboard engines on display.Aug 04, 2014
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Inside the boat simulator. It's an easy ride. You can't go off course...Aug 04, 2014
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Life-size boat in the middle of the museum is actually a simulator.Aug 04, 2014
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Marine leisure engineAug 04, 2014
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Marine diesel engine used in a boat in Ishinomaki up until the Tohoku disaster in March 2011.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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Another power excavator simulator.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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Hydraulic excavatorAug 04, 2014
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This was the most fun thing. It's a Hydraulic excavator that you can operate. Aug 04, 2014
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Combine to harvest rice.Aug 04, 2014
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About the rice transplanter.Aug 04, 2014
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Closeup of Rice transplanter. When one arm goes down to plant, the other goes up to pick another seedling.Aug 04, 2014
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Rear of rice transplanter.Aug 04, 2014
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Rice transplanter is also something we see in early summer in rural Japan.Aug 04, 2014
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Before and after having farm machinery.Aug 04, 2014
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You can even enter and sit in the driver's seat.Aug 04, 2014
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Current model of a Ride-on tractor.Aug 04, 2014
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About the power tiller.Aug 04, 2014
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Ride-on tractor, a step up from the power tiller. From the 1960s.Aug 04, 2014
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About the ride-on tractor, a step up from the power tiller.Aug 04, 2014
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Power tillerAug 04, 2014
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The main exhibits mainly show agricultural machinery (tractors, etc.) and marine engines.Aug 04, 2014
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Inside Yanmar Museum with two floors on the inside.Aug 04, 2014
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Emperor Hirohito once visited a Yanmar factory in rural Nagahama.Aug 04, 2014
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History of Yanmar. Also see photos of Takatsuki where he was based. He built a large public hall too.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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Yamaoka Magokichi was awarded the Order of Merit from Germany.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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One exhibition room (free admission) is dedicated to Yanmar founder Yamaoka Magokichi. Everything is in both Japanese and English. Excellent!Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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The entrance hall has an early diesel engine.Aug 04, 2014
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Yanmar Museum entrance hall.Aug 04, 2014
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Exhibit of the nationally famous TV weather forecast sponsored by Yanmar, featuring the popular characters Yanbo and Mabo.Aug 04, 2014
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Exhibit of the nationally famous TV weather forecast sponsored by Yanmar, featuring the popular characters Yanbo and Mabo.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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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. MAPNOTE: Yanmar Museum is CLOSED for year-long renovations until around Sept. 2019.Aug 04, 2014
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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.Aug 04, 2014
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Former Kunitomo gunsmith homeOct 20, 2005
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Kunitomo Gun MuseumOct 20, 2005
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Kunitomo teppo no sato Matchlock Museum (Kunitomo Gun Museum) 国友鉄砲の里資料館 MAPOct 20, 2005
 
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