Item# TOYOTA001

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Toyoda Sakichi (1867 1930) was a Japanese inventor and industrialist. He was born in Shizuoka. The son of a poor carpenter, Toyoda is referred to as the "King of Japanese Inventors". Career Sakichi Toyoda is often referred to as the father of the Japanese industrial revolution. He is also the founder of Toyota Industries Co., Ltd. He invented numerous weaving devices. His most famous invention was the automatic power loom in which he implemented the principle of Jidoka (autonomous automation). The principle of Jidoka, which means that the machine stops itself when a problem occurs, became later a part of the Toyota Production System. Toyoda developed the concept of 5 Whys: When a problem occurs, ask "why" five times to try to find the source of the problem, then put into place something to prevent the problem from recurring. This concept is used today as part of applying lean methodologies to solve problems, improve quality, and reduce costs

Aizu Momen (Cotton)
The tradition of making Aizu momen dates back many hundreds of years to when it was hand-woven by women at home as a hard-wearing thick cotton cloth used for making casual and working clothes. Aizu momen cloth is easily recognizable by its traditional thick striped patterns of browns and indigos. (Incidentally, the process of producing indigo colored cotton thread involves a lot of repetitive and arduous work). In the days when most Aizu folk wore clothes made of Aizu momen it was a common sight to see dyed cotton yarn fluttering in the wind in the yards of the many momen factories.

Aizu momen was first produced during the Edo-era (1603-1867) when the local feudal lord and leader of the Aizu clan, Hoshina Masayuki encouraged his people to grow cotton and produce Aizu momen. During the following Meiji-era (1868-1912) the number of cotton yarn spinning mills reached its peak.

The company still using Toyota weaving machine.