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Nora Dokei Clock Tower

The Nora Dokei Clock Tower was hand built 120 years ago by landowner Hatakenaka Genma. Nora Dokei means ‘field clock’ since it marks the time for farmworkers in the fields.

Nora Dokei Clock Tower

Hatakenaka Genma was a famous son of Aki who made a public clock which once marked the time for farm-workers. Hatakenaka received an American-made clock with a wooden mechanism which he repeatedly dismantled and reassembled until he mastered its working principles. Then in 1887, he made an improved version out of more precise and accurate brass. A single mechanism drives all four faces of the clock, using a weight on a pulley that keeps the clock running for about a week. The building which houses the clock is very elegant.

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Name in Japanese: 野良時計

Pronunciation: nora dokei

Address: 638-4 Doi, Aki, Kochi 784-0042

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