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The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is a museum of carpentry tools in Kobe, Japan.[1] The museum was opened in 1984 with the objective of collecting and conserving ancient tools as an example of Japanese cultural heritage, in order to pass them on to the next generation through research and exhibitions.[2]

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
View of the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Location7-5-1 Kumochi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0056, Japan
Coordinates34°42′24″N 135°11′51″E / 34.7068°N 135.1975°E / 34.7068; 135.1975Coordinates: 34°42′24″N 135°11′51″E / 34.7068°N 135.1975°E / 34.7068; 135.1975
CollectionsJapanese and Western tools
Collection sizeMore than 30,000 items of which c. 20,000 tools
OwnerTakenaka Corporation

More than 30,500 pieces of materials have been collected so far, and the museum has held exhibitions, lectures, seminars, classes outside of the museum, and workshops on the people who make use of the tools, as well as the resulting architecture and the culture of wood that surrounds it.[3]

The project was designed and constructed by the Takenaka Corporation in collaboration with skilled woodworkers.


  1. ^ New Track Media (June 1998). American Woodworker. New Track Media. pp. 28–. ISSN 1074-9152.
  2. ^ "Takenaka Harvard Visit". Harvard GSD. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
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