Great student turnout for online music box lecture

Event Engineering 2021.06.18

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On May 19 (Wed), the KUAS Faculty of Engineering and kmari International Co., Ltd. (1*) held an online lecture about music boxes as part of the "Infinity of Sound Contest (2*)”, a competition for new music box ideas. The lecture on music boxes was given by Mr. Katsuki Miyamoto, head of the Development Planning Group in the Development Planning Department, Music Box Business Promotion Division at Nidec Sankyo Corporation. About 60 students took part in the event and listened intently to the lecturer while holding an 18-note music box that some students had received as a special gift for booking in advance.

In his lecture, Mr. Miyamoto talked about the history of music boxes, the mechanisms they employ to make sound, manufacturing methods, as well as stories unique to a business with a history spanning over 75 years including 200 music boxes to GHQ on commission from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. After the lecture, students showed their interest by asking many questions regarding the technology behind music boxes such as questions about the tuning of the sound based on the thickness of the vibration plate and the manufacturing method of the pin that plucks the teeth on the vibration plate.

In addition, Nidec Sankyo Corporation will be participating as a judge and providing guidance, as a long-established music box manufacturer, in the new music box idea competition for KUAS students scheduled for this summer

*1: kmari International Co., Ltd. is an authorized distributor of Nidec Sankyo Corporation, which plans, develops and sells music boxes in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto.
*2: Infinity of Sound Contest is the name of the competition for new music box ideas to be held this summer, co-sponsored by the KUAS Faculty of Engineering and kmari International Co., Ltd.
(Kazuhiro Ariki, Public Relations Division)