The world’s largest company with its headquarters and factory in Kyoto isPosted date：2022-05-30
Category：Talk about Kyoto
Kyoto has a long history and many old streets remain, so it is easy to assume that the people who live there also like old things, but they are said to like new things unexpectedly.
A prime example of this would be Nintendo, which is probably known to everyone in the world who loves games.
Nintendo was originally founded in 1889 (Meiji 22) as a store manufacturing Hanafuda (Japanese playing cards). Then, in 1902 (Meiji 35), they began manufacturing playing cards for the first time in Japan, and in 1953 (Showa 28), they succeeded in manufacturing Japan’s first plastic playing cards and began mass-producing them.
Is it an exaggeration to say that it is actually the nature of the people of Kyoto to be attracted to new things, which is why they have been sending various game consoles all over the world since the launch of the hit home video game console “Family Computer” in 1983 ?
As a side note, a historic building in Shimogyo district, Kyoto, which was the company’s former headquarters and the residence of the founding family, has been renovated as a hotel called “Marufukuro”.
Also, considering that the former Uji Ogura Plant in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture is scheduled to be opened as the Nintendo Museum (tentative name) in 2023, you will be able to enjoy a trip that will immerse yourself in the world and history of Nintendo, that after you are playing in Super Nintendo World in Universal Studio Japan in Osaka, you will stay at Marufukuro and visit Nintendo Museum the next day!
A native of Nishijin, Kyoto. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Seimei Shrine, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace are places I have been familiar with since childhood.
However, since none of my relatives grew up in Kyoto except my father and sister, I speak Kansai dialect but can hardly speak Kyoto dialect... (My grandparents are from Kagawa and my mother is from Kobe)