Nintendo has announced its Uji Ogura Plant and the land surrounding the building is being transformed into a new gallery to showcase the company's development history and philosophy.
The gallery will be tentatively known as the "Nintendo Gallery" and renovations are expected to be completed within Nintendo's 2023 fiscal year - year ending March 2024.
Here's the full PR from Nintendo's website, including the history of Uji Oguru Plant - which was built in 1969 to manufacture playing cards and Hanafuda cards and went on to function as a customer service center for product repairs.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. (HQ: Minami-ku, Kyoto; Representative Director and President: Shuntaro Furukawa) is pleased to announce that its Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant (Ogura-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto) and the land surrounding the building will be used as a new gallery to showcase the many products Nintendo has launched over its history.
Nintendo has been discussing the possibility of building a gallery, as a way to share Nintendo’s product development history and philosophy with the public. To this end, the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant will be renovated to accommodate the gallery, a decision reached after taking consideration of The City of Uji’s plan of re-developing the nearby Ogura Station area.
The Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant was built in 1969, and was known as the “Uji Plant.” The name of the facility changed to “Uji Ogura Plant” in 1988, after the construction, extension and renovation of the current Uji Plant (Makishima-cho, Uji-city, Kyoto). The Uji Ogura Plant has been used to manufacture both playing cards and Hanafuda cards, and it also operated as a customer service center for product repairs. Discussion of how to use the Uji Ogura Plant began after these functions were transferred to the current Uji Plant in November 2016.
The facility, tentatively named “Nintendo Gallery”, where Nintendo’s historical products will be showcased, and exhibits and experiences will be available, is expected to be completed within our 2023 Fiscal Year, which ends in March 2024.
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