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TDK Museum set to open, presenting 80 years of history as well as a vista towards future innovation

  • Spintronics, an exciting technology at the leading edge of magnetics, has its roots in the magnetic rotation effect that was proven by Einstein and de Haas. The museum features a hands-on experimental setup that demonstrates this effect. The exhibit which is designed to be engaging and easy to understand for members of the general public was supervised by Prof. Koki Takanashi, director of the Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University and an internationally renowned authority on spintronics.
  • As a special program, the Interactive Magnetic Field Theater by teamLab will also be opening at the same time. This offers an enchanting and innovative way of experiencing magnetism-TDK's forte-through a stunning display of digital art.
  • Visitors of all ages, from children to adults, will be able to enjoy learning how electronics equipment and components evolved over the years, through many valuable specimens on display, augmented by realistic computer graphics and video clips.

Sep. 8, 2016

TDK Corporation (President: Shigenao Ishiguro) is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the TDK Museum on October 7, 2016 at Nikaho City in Akita Prefecture, the birthplace of TDK.


The predecessor of the museum was opened in 2005 on the occasion of TDK's 70th anniversary. As the company has now celebrated its 80th anniversary, the museum has undergone a complete renewal. It not only introduces and demonstrates TDK's history in terms of products and technology centered on magnetics, it also shows where we are headed. It is furthermore intended to serve as a multipurpose base for providing comprehensive support to young people interested in science and technology, as the next generation who will be shaping the society of the future.


Special Program

We are happy to have obtained the collaboration of teamLab, an interdisciplinary group of ultra-technologists led by Toshiyuki Inoko that has created stunning artworks and projects both in Japan and around the globe. Using latest digital art techniques, the Interactive Magnetic Field Theater by teamLab presents an enchanting and innovative way of experiencing the magnetism that is TDK's forte. While magnetism normally is not a visible phenomenon, this exhibit expresses it in artistic fashion through three modes - Space, Earth, Electrons - which interactively respond to touch and undergo various changes. The Electrons mode in particular presents the dual configuration of electronics and spintronics in a display that is both scientifically accurate and visually dazzling.

Interactive Magnetic Field Theater by teamLab (conceptual image)

Interactive Magnetic Field Theater by teamLab (conceptual image)

History Zone

Radio, television, personal computers, mobile phones — visitors can get a panoramic view of how these electronic products have evolved with the times. Valuable exhibits and contemporary photos clearly convey a wealth of information. Furthermore, the contribution that products and technologies from the magnetics specialist TDK have made to the spread and development of these products is illustrated by realistic computer graphics and other video material. The exhibits are designed to be interesting and engaging for a range of visitor demographics: young people to whom electrical products from an earlier age along with their parts may be a new and surprising discovery, people of their parents' or teachers' generation for whom the exhibits may evoke nostalgic memories, and people not familiar at all with electronic devices and components who can learn what these are all about.

History Zone (conceptual image)

History Zone (conceptual image)

Future Zone

The major driver of TDK's competitiveness is superior magnetics technology. Looking towards the future, the museum presents a vista on how TDK technology and products with their focus on magnetics will be involved in the evolution of society. Hands-on demonstrations, concept videos with future scenarios as well as dioramas and similar are used to bring the exhibits to life. Particular attention is given to spintronics, a leading-edge technology whose basis is illustrated by an experimental setup for demonstrating the Einstein–de Haas effect. This exciting hands-on installation has been curated by a leading authority in spintronics, Prof. Koki Takanashi who is the director of the Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University. It is designed to be fun, educational, and easy to understand by the general public.

Future Zone (conceptual image)

Future Zone (conceptual image)


Gashomen-15 Hirasawa, Nikaho-shi, Akita-ken, 018-0402 Japan
Tel +81-(0)184-35-6580 Fax +81-(0)184-35-6853


About 10 minutes on foot (about 3 minutes by taxi) from JR Nikaho Station


Opening Hours

10 a.m to 6 p.m.

Closed on:

Mondays (except when a public holiday), any other days as determined by the administration


Free of charge (groups admitted by prior reservation)

About teamLab

Art collective formed in 2001.

teamLab is a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as "Ultra-technologists," their aim is to achieve a balance between art, science, technology and creativity.
teamLab is represented by Pace Gallery, Ikkan Art Gallery and Martin Browne Contemporary.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's portfolio includes electronic components, modules and systems* which are marketed under the product brands TDK and EPCOS, power supplies, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2016, TDK posted total sales of USD 10.2 billion and employed about 92,000 people worldwide.

  • * The product portfolio includes ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites, inductors, high-frequency components such as surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter products and modules, piezo and protection components, and sensors.


Contact for media

Mr. Sousuke Okada TDK Corporation +81 3 6778-1055