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金沢蓄音器館 Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

  • Culture / Art / History
  • Around Kanazawa
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  • ClosedDecember 29-January 3、Irregularly

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Around Kanazawa
2-11-21, Owaricho, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0902, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History
Opening Hours
December 29-January 3、Irregularly
Date of post:2016/02/24

Try to listen to the sound of phonographs

  • Sightseeing

After enjoying the traditional culture of Japan, would you like to visit a phonograph museum for a change? Kanazawa Phonograph Museum is located in Owaricho near the Asano river, Kazuemachi and Higashi Chayagai.

Demonstrations of phonographs take place at 11am, 2pm and 4pm everyday and last about 30 to 40 minutes. You can listen to real sounds of phonographs with explanation of the details and their history, although the explanation is mainly in Japanese. The staff seems to speak some English so if you have a few questions, please try to ask them.

The sound of phonographs is very soft and has relaxing effects. It is very comfortable to listen to that sound. The museum in itself is very comfortable and has a relaxing atmosphere.
Besides, the sounds are similar to live performances. It is because a phonograph has a horn instead of speakers. Even though we cannot see the horn from the outside, there is a horn in the box. You can listen to different types of horns made of metal, wood and paper at the demonstration. It is really interesting. Basically, they play from early to later models like Edison Standard, Victor, Gramophone, Victrola, HMV and so on. They have about 600 phonographs and 150 phonographs are always exhibited.

The first director of this museum, Hiroshi YOKAICHIYA used to run a phonograph shop in Kanazawa. He found a phonograph thrown without care one day. That made him feel sad and he started collecting and repairing phonographs. When he noticed, he had 540 phonographs and 20,000 SP records. After that, Kanazawa city received the collection and opened this museum. Therefore, in a sense, it is just a coincidence that this museum is in Kanazawa. However, it also seems to be connected with the cultural climate of Kanazawa which takes care of and likes to keep old things. When Wangari Maathai (an environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner) visited Japan, she was impressed with the Japanese word of "mottainai" because this one word includes "the environment 3R" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and Respect. "Mottainai" is a word usually used in a situation when we feel sorry for wasting something : "What a waste!" seems to be the closest English expression for it.
This museum is based on the traditional spirit of Japan. The appearance also matches the nostalgic neighborhood.

On Sundays, playing reproducing piano also takes place. Besides, events like live performances and talking sessions take place every month in this museum. Please try to visit this curious museum in Kanazawa.

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