About two weeks ago a student of mine brought in 2 tickets to her museum. It’s the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and it’s located right down the road from where I live. It was pretty impressive because the museum highlights how Toyota was started. Most people don’t know that the man who started Toyota actually began by inventing weaving looms, not cars. The man’s son then started in the automobile business after the loom business was so successful.
The company actually began as “Toyoda” after Kichiro Toyoda who stopped going to school after ELEMENTARY school and started the biggest and most successful loom business in the world. What have you done today? Nothing? Yeah, me either.
The museum was super-interactive. Sayaka even scored me an engine part that was stamped by a 150-ton hydraulic press right in front of my eyes. It was awesome.
I will now give you the rest of the tour in photos…
Overall, the tour was pretty cool. On a serious note, one thing I found pretty surprising was that the loom pictured above, the “human-powered loom”, had more advanced technology on it then I saw of the looms in Morocco in 2009. I saw a room full of people who were weaving fabric, with looms that weren’t even as advanced as looms that existed in the early 1900’s. It was actually surprising and sad. I wanted to say, “hey, what about those guys, in that room who were sweating and working their asses off with looms half as good as this.” It really opened my eyes as to how unequal the world can be. Later in the tour, we saw a modern loom that wove fabric insanely fast with air and electricity. It could even make PICTURES in the fabric by just clicking your image into a nearby laptop. I found it absolutely amazing and a little disgusting that a historical relic in a Japanese museum would probably make someone’s job and life much much easier in Morocco.
Sorry for that, but it’s true. It really makes my heart ache.
That night I played at an open mic night in a city called Imaike.
I played “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals and “Freefalling” by Tom Petty because those were the only songs I knew the words to. I should have practiced more. But I’m going back with more songs this month so I’ll be sure to write about that when it happens.
Thanks for reading.