Mazda Car Factory and Museum Hiroshima
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Japanese Haiku 23: Cog in the Car Factory

Cog in the Car Factory

You travel all night.
Where do you go in your mind?
Further than we drive?

A popular Japanese tourist attraction is the car factory. Toyota has several car manufacture related attractions in Tokyo alone. In Hiroshima we visit the Mazda Factory where we are herded at lightning speed around museum exhibit and production line. A shame, because I could have watched the factory floor for hours.

It’s mesmerising, this ariel view of humans and robots working side by side. Everything is moving, operating at maximum capacity as workers glide with the cars on conveyors that wind around the factory floor. I wonder how many miles they literally travel each day, without taking more than a few steps?

And where do they travel to in their heads as they repetitively install 1800 dashboards each day or drill down several thousand screws? Do they go even further than we do when we get our hands on one of their shiny new cars?

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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