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Refurbished Mazda Museum displaying legendary cars set to reopen in Hiroshima Pref.

Mazda Motor Corp.'s latest cars, including the Roadster, are seen on display at the entrance of the Mazda Museum in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, on April 21, 2022. (Mainichi/Kazuki Iwamoto)=Click/tap photo for more images.

FUCHU, Hiroshima -- The completely refurbished Mazda Museum displaying the auto manufacturer's artifacts, from successive legendary cars to concept vehicles, is slated to reopen here on May 23.

    Mazda Motor Corp., headquartered in the Hiroshima Prefecture town of Fuchu in western Japan, unveiled the updated auto museum adjacent to its main factory to reporters on April 21. Though the company carried out the renewal in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary since the automaker's foundation, it had postponed reopening the facility amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Since it debuted in 1994, the two-storied facility with a floor space of some 3,600 square meters exhibited items including successive stock cars and race cars and was beloved by fans. The museum had attracted a total of 1.76 million visitors from in and out of the country as of 2019.

    In the renewed version of the museum, a total of 36 vehicles are placed in 10 zones, and the exhibit details Mazda's approximately 100-year-long history -- including the fact that it originally manufactured cork products but launched three-wheeled trucks in 1931, and its recovery from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

    Mazda Motor Corp.'s latest cars, including the Roadster, are seen on display at the entrance of the Mazda Museum in Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, on April 21, 2022. (Mainichi/Kazuki Iwamoto)=Click/tap photo for more images.

    Exhibits introduce the rotary engine, of which only Mazda succeeded in mass producing in Japan, and the Mazda 787B racing car, which helped the automaker become Japan's first team to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991. Another attraction of the site is that a car assembly line can be seen from the museum up close. The display also gives insight into Mazda's vision for the future.

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the automaker has launched an online museum, including various contents for children. Original goods are also sold via the online shop. The online museum, where reservations can also be made, can be found at: https://www.mazda.com/en/about/museum/

    The company's Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Masahiro Moro commented, "We want people to understand the general idea of Mazda, which has a history in Hiroshima and is particular about manufacturing."

    Visitors to the museum currently require a reservation to enter.

    (Japanese original by Kensuke Yaoi and Kazuki Iwamoto, Hiroshima Bureau)

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