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Tanaka Hisashige, Japan's Thomas Edison Gets A Google Logo - Search Engine Roundtable

Tanaka Hisashige is often referred to as the "Thomas Edison of Japan." It would be his 213th birthday today. The Doodle shows karakuri doll (a kind of automaton or puppet) inking the Google logo with a calligraphy brush. These dolls, which Tanaka built ...

Tanaka Hisashige was a Japanese rangaku scholar, engineer and inventor during the Bakumatsu and early Meiji period in Japan. In 1875 he founded what became the Toshiba Corporation. He has been called the "Thomas Edison of Japan" or "Karakuri Giemon."

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Born (1799-10-16)October 16, 1799
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
Died November 7, 1881(1881-11-07) (aged 82)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese

Tanaka Hisashige (田中 久重, October 16, 1799 – November 7, 1881) was a Japanese rangaku scholar, engineer and inventor during the Bakumatsu and early Meiji period in Japan. In 1875 he founded what became the Toshiba Corporation. He has been called the "Thomas Edison of Japan" or "Karakuri Giemon."