日本での一年間

March 7, 2009

Otaru Music Boxes

Filed under: Domestic, Hokkaido, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 3:31 pm

The little city of Otaru in Hokkaido is famous for a few reasons: their sushi is well regarded, they sell beautiful glass works, and they sell wonderful little music boxes, which they call ‘orgels.’ (Also, a popular movie, ‘Love Letter,’ was filmed there.) They have a sprawling ‘museum’ for orgels and music boxes in general, which includes several buildings, but really, it’s not so much a museum as a giant gift shop. Almost everything is for sale.

Beautiful angel music boxes

Beautiful angel music boxes

One of the buildings of the Otaru Orgel Museum

One of the buildings of the Otaru Orgel Museum

A big organ on display in the museum.

A big organ on display in the museum.

One of the music boxes with the most notes in it and therefore the best range.

One of the music boxes with the most notes in it and therefore the best range. It plays Rhapsody in Blue.

The main building of the gift sho--I mean, museum

The main building of the gift sho--I mean, museum

Yet, another building

Yet, another building

Looking down at the main floor of the museum

Looking down at the main floor of the museum

A view from the other side

A view from the other side

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3 Comments »

  1. レッカは日本のオルゴールを持っている。「となりのトトロ」のトトロのオルゴールだ。そのオルゴールの音楽はトトロの映画の「さんぽ」という曲だ。「オルゴール」というのは、オランダ語で「organ」だ。面白いだろうね。それに、イギリス人はもちろん他の言葉を使う。「music box」と言わなくて、「musical box」と言う。変ね?
    ところで、レッカはオルゴールが大好き!子供の時、アメリカの有名な「サンフランシスコ ミュージックボックス カンパニー」の店へ行くのが大好きだったわ。今でもオルゴールは不思議でかわいくてなつかしいものだと思う。スザンナもそう思うの?n_n

    Comment by reccaphoenix — March 10, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    • さんぽ?その曲大好き!「歩こう、歩こう、私は元気。。。」:)
      言葉の由来は面白いねえ。全然しらなかった。その情報ありがとう!
      なんで、オルゴールが不思議と思うの?私はなつかしくて楽しいものだと思う。まあ、ちょっとだけ楽しい.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — March 10, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  2. I really enjoyed your museum or gift shop. I for some reason just love to look at and listen to music boxes any shape or form and trinkets. If I were there I would feel like I was in a candy store in your museum. All of the items would be winking at me.

    Comment by Sandra — June 28, 2010 @ 8:06 pm


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