For fans of industrial history - or old buildings - the Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall in Kyoto is a good way to spend an hour or so.
Located at the northern end of Kiyamachi Dori, where it meets Nijo Dori, the museum was created in 1975, which marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Shimadzu company.
The museum features and highlights the successes of the company, whose current headquarters are now several miles southwest in a much larger compound (and where 2002 Nobel Laureate Koichi Tanaka continues to work as a Fellow).
Medical technology is prominently featured, but the company manufactures a wide variety of items.
Pipe organ, exhaust engine, electrical induction machine, x-ray technology
MRI, PET, CT
Koichi Tanaka's work in lasers is prominently featured.
Take a Kyoto city bus to City Hall. From there it is a five-minute walk. The Tozai subway line also stops here.
Open 9:30 - 5 pm (last admittance at 4:30 pm)
300 yen for adults
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Saturday, July 31, 2010