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Tanaka Hisashige and His Myriad Year Clock: Its Technological Characteristics and Historical Background (2020)


Tanaka Hisashige is well known today for his various ingenious inventions and for his construction of useful or entertaining machines, particularly his contrived automata dolls ( karakuri ningyō ). He is also known for his later involvement in the modernizing attempts of the Saga domain (present-day Saga prefecture) and as one of the founders of the company that is now Toshiba. He should also be remembered as the craftsman who designed and made the intricate machine called the ‘Myriad Year Clock’ (Fig. 1), or Mannen dokei , a masterpiece of Japanese craftsmanship, before the systematic introduction of Western technologies. In this paper, I

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Authors & Contributors
Voskuhl, Adelheid
Frumer, Yulia
Howell, David
Gordin, Michael
Burnett, David Graham
Stephens, Carlene E.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
British Journal for the History of Science
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Acta Philosophica
Business and Economic History On-Line
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen
Free Press
University of Chicago
Harvard University
Princeton University
Renaissance Books
Automata; robotics; cyborgs
Crafts and craftspeople
Inventors and invention
Technology and culture
Clocks and Watches
Macquer, Pierre Joseph
Ishiguro, Hiroshi
Nishimura, Makoto
Mori, Masahiro
Time Periods
21st century
18th century
20th century, late
19th century
16th century
17th century
United States

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