A Japanese Collection

Isami Type MB-30

Isami Type MB-30, #B31852, 3-4HP, 1300-1600 rpm.

Mr. Hosoya's

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805 Nagatani Mansion, 3-42-13 Nishiogikita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo-to 167, Japan

The network of gas engine collectors in Japan has grown recently with the addition of a group of enthusiasts living in Saitama prefecture, just to the north of Tokyo. I recently visited one of those enthusiasts, Mr. Tatsuo Hosoya, a high school principal, who has a small but attractively-restored collection of five gas engines, all of which he found locally. Both Yanmar and Kubota are now familiar names in many parts of the world, but not many people know that both of these companies began engine production in the 1920s. The Kubota Type F and Yanmar 'New Type' are both products of that period.

The photographs were all taken in Mr. Hosoya's garden, but local enthusiasts hope to put on their first gas engine show this year!