History Zone

“Rooms of the Founders” introduces Toshiba's foundations through exhibits related to the work of the founders. “Firsts of Their Kinds” features inventions created by Toshiba which were “firsts in the world” or “firsts in Japan” and innovations in society.

A guide system is available in the History Zone. Explanations about the exhibit can be enjoyed via text, audio or a video using a special tablet. Please make use of the system during your visit.

Room of the Founders

Introduction of Toshiba's DNA through an exhibit focusing on the dramatic lives of the founders of Toshiba,; Hisashige Tanaka and Ichisuke Fujioka.

Toshiba was founded by Hisashige Tanaka and Ichisuke Fujioka, both of whom became a pillar of Japan's modern scientific technological history. In this booth, you can see Mannen Jimeishou, Masterpiece of Wadokei, invented by Hisashige Tanaka who was called "Karakuri (Mechanical) Giemon" and articles about Ichisuke Fujioka, who was described as the Japanese Edison.

Room of the Founders

Founders

Hisashige Tanaka

Hisashige Tanaka

Ichisuke Fujioka

Ichisuke Fujioka

Main Exhibitions

“Mannen Dokei”, Perpetual clock (replica)

“Mannen Dokei”, Perpetual clock (replica)

“Yumi-hiki Doji”, Arrow-shooting doll (replica)

“Yumi-hiki Doji”, Arrow-shooting doll (replica)

“Cha-hakobi Ningyo”, Cup-carrying doll (replica)

“Cha-hakobi Ningyo”, Cup-carrying doll (replica)

Firsts of Their Kinds

Introduction of the history of Toshiba that has created innovations in society through Toshiba products that were “firsts in Japan” and “firsts in the world”.

Electric washing machine, which set women free from housework and 60kW two-phase AC generator which lit the towns of Japan. In all ages, new electric appliances have been creating new ways of life.

Refrigerators, washing machines, color TV sets, and electric fans...
Toshiba manufactured these electric appliances which became very common for the first time in Japan. Please look at the course of Toshiba's history and the history of the development of Japan's electric/electronic technology.

Firsts of Their Kinds

Main Exhibitions

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