We regret to announce that the Sony Archives, located in 6-6-39, Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo will be permanently closing its doors after December 28th, 2018, which will be our final day. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have visited Sony Archives since April 2007.
We plan to newly showcase Sony’s archives in the headquarters building located in 1-7-1, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo starting from spring 2019 or later. We will announce the details as they become available.
Sony was founded in 1946, just after the end of WWII. Sony started as a small company with capital of just 190,000 yen and approximately 20 employees.
Founder Masaru Ibuka said the purpose of setting up the company was to "establish an ideal factory that stresses a spirit of freedom and open mindedness that will, through technology, contribute to Japanese culture." Symbolizing Sony's spirit of challenge to "do what has never been done before," the company has continued to release countless "Japan's first" and "world's first" products.
Sony Archives showcases the pioneering products that Sony has given the world as well as a variety of documents. We hope these exhibits will give visitors a sense of Sony's Monozukuri spirit of craftsmanship.