MECHANICAL ENGINEERING HERITAGE NO.116
Hand-cranked Garabo Spinning Machine
This spinning machine, manufactured in the 1880s and preserved and exhibited atthe Nihon Mengyo Club (Cotton Industry House) in Osaka City, is called "Garabo" because of the sound of its operation. It was invented by T. Gaun(1842–1900) when foreign-made spinning machines were introduced in Japan to improve the productivity of cotton yarn as part of the Meiji government's policy of promoting industrial development.
The introduction of Gaun's spinning machine (powered by a waterwheel) to the cotton-growing Nishi-Mikawa region led to the rapid growth of the region's spinning industry, making it a major production area. This machine is a symbolic domestic machine from the early days of the spinning industry, contributing significantly to acquisition of foreign currency in Japan.
On exhibition (Reservation required)
the Nihon Mengyo Club (Cotton Industry House)
- Hours open:
Please use the general tour of the museum
on the 4th Saturday of every month. Please
tell the receptionist that you have come to
see Gala Spinning at the reception on the day of the tour.
- Admission fee:
- 500 yen
- Days closed:
Please refrain from visiting the museum
except for general tours.
- 2-5-8 Bingomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Osaka Metoro Midosuji Line Hom-machi
Station / Sakaisuji Line Hommachi Station
Approximately 5 minutes walk from both
* Exit 1 of Hommachi Station on the Midosuji Line will be closed from May 15, 2019 to the end of March 2023 (scheduled) due to the
rebuilding of the connecting building.