YAMAOKA MAGOKICHI’S LEGACY LIVES ON WITH THIS ENGINE

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YAMAOKA MAGOKICHI’S LEGACY LIVES ON WITH THIS ENGINE

Yasunobu Morishita from an NPO named “Study Group on Preservation of Old Farm Engines“

This time we visited Yasunobu Morishita, who is a trustee of an NPO that preserves engines of historical significance. The NPO collects and restores historical engines that once powered Japan’s industries, with the purpose of preserving Japan’s industrial heritage and brilliant manufacturing culture for future generations.

When Yanmar engines are restored, the brilliance of what was going through the designer’s mind at the time can be appreciated and admired. Without a doubt, I can confidently say this is the work and desire of Yamaoka Magokichi. Engine manufactures like Yanmar
that can project such thoughts have many admirers and enthusiasts.

Yasunobu is an avid engine enthusiast and is well known by Japan’s engine enthusiasts. He is like a savior to them as they often depend on him for engine repairs.

His house is being used as a warehouse, where petrol and diesel engines are lined up and stored closely together. Amongst the engines were many Yanmar engines, including the HB, S and K1 models. The engines evoked an atmosphere of the time when they were in use.

ECHO Spring 2018 vol. 274