From souvenir shop Juan (寿庵), we are walking to the Arashiyama railway station.
We found a small museum on the way to the station. “Let’s get in.”
After tea or coffee, let’s go to the museum on the first floor.
The watch and music box company, Reuge is located in a small village, Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. It was guided by Guido Reuge for more than sixty years. Reuge is currently the world leader in manufacturing luxury music boxes worldwide.
Guido Reuge and his wife Jacqueline traveled around the world and deepened friendship with many music box collectors. They collected huge number of music boxes and automatic dolls there, and learned the aesthetic sense and sensibility of the good old days through the music and mastery. Filled with ideas Reuge products were born in such a background. In the museum, they inherit the precious Guilo Reuge music box collection, carefully select valuable historical cultural heritage, exhibit and perform.
The rooms are not so wide, but a tremendous number of antique music boxes and automata are on exhibition.
The movements of these dolls were like humans.
(Left picture; It is the real cigar that the doll is holding, spit smoke from the nose when you put on fire.)
Singing to the Moon in 1890 (France), the movement of the clown is funny.
After the museum we walk down to the cafe on the grand floor, and had a set of freshly baked waffle and ice cream, and mango juice. The atmosphere is good and the food was also delicious. Then, we entered the next door, music box shop.
It was fascinating to see centuries old moving music boxes. Most are expensive and antique and would be hard to see elsewhere. Don’t miss especially if you are interested in music & puppets. Now I feel that I was wandering in my dreams.
After this, we are going to the golden temple, Kinkakuji (金閣寺) Kyoto.