The Japan Times is running an article about a clock museum, displaying clocks dating from the Edo Period (1603-1868).
“The museum serves as a reminder of a different temporal awareness, when society was not ruled by a standard time system and the system itself was made to conform to the changing seasons.”
The 200 clocks Guro Kamiguchi collected include some unique shapes — “yagura-dokei” (turret clocks), “dai-dokei” (grandfather clocks), “kake-dokei” (wall clocks), “makura-dokei” (pillow clocks), “shaku-dokei” (ruler clocks) and “inro-dokei” (pocket watches). He also collected sundials, incense clocks and pedometers. About 50 are on display.