5.25.2012

Auto and Clock Museum

Here is something I should have written about long ago, but it's better late than never. In the end of February, we went to the Fukuyama Auto and Clock museum which is extremely close to our apartment. We bike past it at least once a week and finally decided to stop and take a peek inside.

One of three large rooms stuffed with awesome junk

It turned out to be a fantastic collection of odds and ends which provided a fun afternoon for the whole family. I got the feeling that the museum was started by a highly organized hoarder who decided to justify his obsessions by charging people admission to poke through his assorted junk. There was a collection of player pianos, street organs, rice cookers from the turn of the century to present, dozens and dozens of rocking horses, sombreros, old fashioned toys, WWII memorabilia, wax work figures, old painted squat toilets, old airplanes, and of course a large assortment of automobiles and clocks. 

The best part about it all was that they allowed and encouraged the kids to touch, climb, play, and get into everything. Who am I kidding? I had just as much fun running around exploring. Being surrounded by all that history really made me get a sense of what it would have been like to live in Japan 50 or more years ago. It was a really neat time warp-like sensation.

Trying out the old motorcycle fire engine



 It was surprising to me that a car which looked so tiny from the outside provided more than enough head and leg room.

 Super creepy wax figures of very random famous people.


Giving Theo a ride on a rickshaw




Me and my buddy James Dean


Getting a ride in the '50s  three wheeled motorcycle taxi. 


Speedy Gonzales


I am so glad that the days of the two of them driving around together and getting up to no good are far, far in the distance.


For now, they are happier going for these kinds of rides:


We all had an amazing time at the museum and highly recommend it to anyone traveling in Fukuyama, especially with kids.

2 comments:

derrydown said...

This reminds me of a place in Nebraska called Harold Warp's Pioneer Village -- truly a time "warp"! This guy collected everything mechanical and it's all organized according to the type of machine. 50,000 objects in 28 buildings!
http://www.pioneervillage.org/

Laura said...

I have a feeling that I have been there, or at least to one of the similar "museums" scattered all over the prairie states