History of kaleidoscope

In 1816, during the Age of Discovery, Scottish physicist Brewster was studying mirrors to bring the light of the lighthouse far.

And that research led to the birth of the kaleidoscope.。

If this is the first era, it seems that the color of science was strong in this era.

This kaleidoscope is called a kaleidoscope and is transmitted to the United States and developed.

In the mid-1800s, Charles Bush created an object case and devised an object case with liquid and ingredients in it.

On the contrary, this went to England.

After that, it spread to the general public as a toy in the United States.

This is the second era.

Soon the boom will be gone in the age of radio and television.

History of kaleidoscope in Japan

The name “Sarasameganu” appears in Japanese 1819 literature.

This is a kaleidoscope, which was invented by Brewster and appeared in Japan three years later.

The Age of Discovery of this era is reflected here as well.

In 1850, Takano Choei translated “Sanbei Kochi Iku”, which describes the kaleidoscope as “Karei Dosukafu”.

In the Meiji era, it was called “Hyakuiro Megane” and further improved “Bankakyo”, and it was said that it became popular as “Nishiki Megane” around 1890.

And it spread all over the country as a toy for children.

By the way, when did the word “kaleidoscope” come about?

In the book “Kaleidoscope Book” by Shinichi Okuma (Director of the Japan Kaleidoscope Museum), it is stated that many small toys were imported from China in the mid-1890s, including the kaleidoscope.

And in China, the kaleidoscope is called “Kaleidoscope” (“bankato” in Japanese reading), and the word “kaleidoscope” is replaced with the word “mirror of 100-colored glasses”, and it is called “bankakyo”. It is written that it may have come to be called “mangekyo” in the 20th century.

My feelings for kaleidoscope

The kaleidoscope has a history of 200 years.

An experiment conducted by physicist Brewster was to get the light of the lighthouse far away.

May the ship return to the harbor without hesitation so that it can be protected from pirates. .. ..

I first met the oil kaleidoscope 10 years ago.

I was shocked by the beautiful and shining kaleidoscope I had never seen before.

This is really good!

The following month, I went to a teacher in Kyoto to learn how to make it.

The first time I made it when I returned to Sapporo was to give a sympathy to those who were hospitalized.

The hospital room at that time was murky, and he had no choice but to look at the ceiling all day long.

When I looked at the oil kaleidoscope, I thought, “I want to make it a sympathy gift.”

People can get well when they see beautiful things. .. ..✨

It was the correct answer.

Then when I went to visit him, he was always looking at the kaleidoscope.

He was very pleased and kept it with me even after I was discharged.

The kaleidoscope I make is just for that person. So it seems that you can have an attachment forever without getting bored.

Every time I hear such a story, I feel very happy.

The other day, I heard from an Australian psychiatrist that kaleidoscopes are also used for medical treatment overseas. 

In addition to stress reduction and relaxing effects, it is also good for cognitive prevention, right brain activation, visual acuity recovery, and correction of astigmatism.

If that is true …

Just as Brewster once lit a ship, I have come to want to deliver a warm and brilliant light to people’s hearts with the keyword of medical treatment.

May it reach the people who need it when they need it. .. ..

With that in mind, I will continue to make each one carefully.