Electronics in Japan

Soldering workshop

under chassis wiring of a valve amplifier

Two uses of electronics by individuals in Japan.

  • Tetsuo Kogawa holds workshops creating very low power FM transmitters as an empowering skill with young people. This is legal in Japan, but not in the UK
  • Sakuma develops and uses valve amplifiers and primitive loudspeaker designs in his restaurant to provide music. He places a heavy emphasis on empirical circuit development and has gone back into the history of electronics in the early 20th century to inform his (unusual) practice.

Two ways of doing electronics, one political one personal – almost religious – in Japan. This is a totally different way of looking at electronics from the one I have grown up with in the UK.

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