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At this manufacturer of naturally fermented soybean miso, we protect the traditional methods of "wooden kegs and natural fermentation" by using massive cedar kegs. The shop adjacent to the facilities measures out and sells freshly-made miso straight from the barrel. This miso maker repurposed a hangar that was used by the air force during WWII and an old elementary schoolhouse for its production facilities. There you will find some...
The Toyota Kaikan Museum at the head office of Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the company’s oldest museums. It opened in 1977 to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. Exhibits at the Kaikan Museum highlight the company’s technological and organizational innovations and are more forward-looking than those at the Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, which focus on Toyota’s early history.
Aizuma Exchange Center moved to a new building in March 2010 designed by architect Kazuyo Sejima, whose prior work includes the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. The curved surfaces of this unique building are made entirely of glass. Not only the exterior, but also the meeting rooms and multipurpose hall are circular in shape. The rooms are divided by glass walls, and the entire structure allows ongoing activities t...
Established in 2005, this museum and cultural property aims to promote culture, arts, and education. The first museum of its kind in Japan, discover the characteristics of Toyota City through hands-on experiences and exhibits that introduce modern industry and the transition to urban life. Toyota City Museum of Modern Industry and Living works to preserve and make good use of the modern cultural heritages which exist in the city, tog...
This is the workshop of Sekiya Brewery, producer of fine Japanese sake. Horaisen is a local brew that is quite well known. Its “Gin,” “Sora,” and “Bi” variants of daiginjo sake are very popular. In addition, they also brew shochu vodka and liqueurs.
Culture is spread through information, information is spread through communication, communication is written on paper, paper is produced in Aichi. Kozo is the Japanese name for the mulberry trees that seem to grow particularly well in the Obara region of Aichi Prefecture’s Toyota City. These mulberry trees have been the source of the particularly strong and versatile traditionally handcrafted washi paper produced here since at lea...