Friday, December 24, 2010

ROHM: Illuminating Kyoto One Light Bulb At A Time  ROHM:京都を彩るイルミネーション

When one thinks about Japanese electronics corporations, the likes of Panasonic, headquartered in Osaka, Sony and Toshiba probably come to mind.  But one must not forget about the semiconductor behemoth ROHM, which is situated in Kyoto.

Established in 1958, ROHM was ranked 22nd in the world in semiconductor sales in 2009.  Not bad for a company whose main product for years was resistors.  With its American headquarters located in San Diego and European headquarters in Germany, ROHM is one of the several global companies that call the former capital of Japan home.

Unfortunately concluding tomorrow, ROHM has turned its corporate headquarters into a winter light wonderland lasting a month.  Every year since 1995 ROHM has put on this light extravaganza, however I had the privilege of seeing this showcase of some 600,000 lights last weekend for the first time.  All I can say is that if you are planning to visit this year or in the future bring your sunglasses!  With nighttime events held throughout the month and a lighted park for the children to play, I would highly recommend stopping by ROHM between 4:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. for an enjoyable experience.


1958年に設立されたロームは、2009年の半導体売り上げが世界で第22位という成果を収めました。これは主となる商品が抵抗器である会社にとって、めずらしいことと言えます。さらに、海外で活躍する日本資本の会社は決して多くはない中で、 ロームはサンディエゴにアメリカ支部、ドイツにヨーロッパ支部を置いています。


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