Hiroshima Mazda Museum

When we arrived in Hiroshima the late afternoon of August 2, I spent a bit more time researching about possible activities within Hiroshima other than the Peace Memorial Park. I quickly discovered the Mazda Museum; apparently Mazda was founded and headquartered in Hiroshima. Mazda also happens to employ a large percentage of Hiroshima residents. The museum offers free daily tours to the public for a limited number of guests; reservations can be made up to one year in advance on their website.

There was still availability for August 5, so we decided to stop by Hiroshima on our way from Miyajima to Kyoto to exhibit the museum. Again we lucked out; a couple days after I made the reservation, their entire reservation list was booked through the next two weeks!

Although the tour was rushed through 1.5 hours, we still thoroughly enjoyed the Mazda museum. The best part was the line of production—the factory where people and robots worked in parallel to create brand spankin’ new Mazda cars! (Unfortunately photography was prohibited within the line or production.)

At the start of the tour, we climbed onto a bus that drove us through their campus.IMG_6223

A timeline showcasing the history of Mazda was illustrated along a wall. The founder of Mazda is Jujiro Matsuda, hence the company name.IMG_6225 IMG_6224

Mazda’s first vehicle was a three-wheeled cargo cart.IMG_6226 IMG_6227

Shortly after production of the three-wheeled cart, the most adorable cars went into production. These vehicles were considered some of the most reliable in Japan at that time.IMG_6228 IMG_6229 20140805_102208 20140805_102547

Mazda achieved their lifelong dream when the Mazda 787 won the World Sports Car Championship in 1990.IMG_6230

We briefly studied the variety of engines.IMG_6232

The science behind paint.IMG_6233

In the design stage, industrial artists draw numerous concepts. Final concepts pass through to clay modelers. Apparently Mazda consumes the most clay out of any other car factory for their models.IMG_6234 IMG_6235

There was a nice skeletal breakdown of vehicles.IMG_6236 IMG_6237 IMG_6238 IMG_6239

Crash test!20140805_103650

2011 concept car.IMG_6240

The museum wasn’t just fun, it was also FREE! Just make sure to make reservations at least a few days in advance. =)IMG_6241

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One Response to Hiroshima Mazda Museum

  1. noortheanimator says:

    Wow, so nice to see you entering in to writer’s world. I wish all the best to you guys to romp over the glob and share it with the rest of the world. Good luck 👍

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