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Otaru Music Box Museum

Located at the southern end of Sakaimachi Street in a small cluster of buildings is the Music Box Museum. In 1912, the building which the museum resides in was constructed with an exterior of bricks while the inside is designed with wood. The largest building out of the cluster is the main shop and is recognizable by the steam clock placed in front. The steam clock was made by a Canadian clock maker named Raymond Sounders. Every fifteen minutes, the five steam chimes, plays a melody while the main steam whistles on the hour. Midst the various types of music boxes, there are some made from glass, wood, or even traditional Japanese fabric, some are fashioned after sushi or Western-themed concepts. These music boxes also carry different songs according to a collection that the establishment has at their disposable.

Near the main building is a booth called You-Kobo. This is a handicraft studio where you can make a one of a kind music box. Here, they allow you to experience making a music box for a fee, which is based on the materials you use, and can only be done through reservations. It usually takes an hour for your music box to finish because of the time it takes to dry. Across from the main building is the No.2 Otaru Music Box Museum, which features antique music boxes and dolls from around the world starting from the 19th century and onwards. The items that are displayed in the building can be purchased. There are also six concerts throughout the day where you can listen to the antique music boxes or pipe organ while sitting on a bench relaxing to the sounds of music. Then for more shopping there is the Yume no Oto, Character House, when you can get music boxes based on popular animation characters like Mickey Mouse or Totoro. The second floor is a forest of Totoro with many of the Studio Ghibli characters ready to be taken home by you.



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