Mega structures (no. 172)

Part of the JENESYS Program was a Toyota Plant Tour and a visit to Toyota Kaikan Museum in Nagoya.

Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed inside the plants which was understandable because it makes the company vulnerable. According to their brochure, more than 20,000 parts are needed to produce one car. Some of these parts are ordered from suppliers while others are made in other Toyota plants all throughout the world. We were guided by a company staff who explained to us what was being done in that part of the factory.

We walked for about 1 km inside the plant via stairs. There are no dress codes inside and the workers looked well, unlike those shown in the media with sad little eyes that says I’m-bored/tired. On jobs that are too dangerous for humans to perform, robots are used.

According to our guide, the company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937. The management decided to use “Toyota” instead of the family name “Toyoda” because the former sounded better and was written using 8 strokes in the Japanese language, 8 signifying wealth.

After the factory tour, we headed out to the Toyota Kaikan Museum where the company exhibits their products. The place was divided into seven sections and taking pictures were allowed except in the Toyota Theater.

The first one was the Hybrid Synergy where you can see the development of hybrid technology and Toyota’s multiple approaches toward the ultimate eco-car.

Intelligent Safety meanwhile shows the future of personal mobility with no accident and traffic jam. Is this the vehicle of the future?

The third section was called “Good Thinking, Good Products” where you can learn the essence of efficient and flexible production system via a virtual plant tour.

The fourth shows the social activities of global Toyota.

Fifth was one of the coolest because it showcases Motorsports and it contained a Formula 1 replica.

The Showroom was my second favorite section because you can ride and touch all the cars including the premier Lexus models, which was what I did.

Last was the Toyota Theater. Unfortunately, cameras were again not allowed. Here, four robots played musical instruments and moved to what can be interpreted as dancing. It was entertaining because, well, they were robots.

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