Friday, October 23, 2015

Museum Photo: Before Fire Engines Came Along

  Discovered on Motobu Peninsula



Stopping by a roadside market, you may find some true gems, tucked away in museums.

What's called a Michi no Eki in Japanese, is a highway road stand.

Local crafts, agricultural products and, meals are available at reasonable prices. 

antique fire pump, museum

This room is a small museum inside the Michi no Eki in Gushiken, Motobu, Okinawa.

A few times, in the past, I had been this place with the cameras.

The lights weren't on when I first spotted it and, I wasn't really sure what I was seeing.

Someone, pointed out to me, it's a fire wagon or, cart with a water pump attached.

Some days, I wake up, feeling pretty old but, I've never seen anything like this.

A guy from the establishment saw me in the back room and, switched on the lights for me.

This photo, I wanted to take with natural light so, I asked him to switch things off.

The photo was taken at f/11 in 1.3 seconds.

That contraption is a treasure. They should turn the air-conditioning on in that room.

It looks like the real deal, to me. Save some money on the light bill.

And, spend it all on climate control, to keep the thing preserved.

That's what I'd do, anyway !


Cathy Sweeney said...

Great find, Mike. My dad, a former Chicago fireman, would have loved this.

RyukyuMike said...


It really was a surprising discovery. Bet Dad, wouldn't have wanted to be one of the guys pumping if, it was at a 10 story apartment building fire. All firemen, policemen, military and, of course, nurses are all heroes, to me. Thank you for leaving a comment.