As I’ve previously reported here, Yashica’s last factory before the Kyocera acquisition was this modern sprawling complex in the town of Okaya, Nagano Prefecture.
I’ve recently purchased documents that show what I believe the complex looked like in the summer of 1974.
This is the only detailed color photograph of the factory that I’ve seen. For my previous post about the factory and to see the original view from 1972 click here.
Another related post can be found at https://wordpress.com/post/yashicasailorboy.com/8052
Additionally here’s the text about the factory taken directly from the Yashica publication ‘A New Horizon’ that contained the color image of the factory pictured above.
The introduction page from the 14-page booklet ‘Yashica A New Horizon’.
Of interest, Kyocera still operates from this same location today. For the most part, it looks only slightly changed from 1972. Yashica was purchased by Kyocera in 1983 and was gone by the mid-2000s. A great company and a great name wiped out by Kyocera shortly after what would have been Yashica’s Golden Anniversary.
I’ll be posting more from this very interesting and informative booklet from Yashica soon.
Thanks for stopping by! – Chris
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