Genma Hatanaka, who was from an old-established local family and a major landowner, acquired the skills to assemble clocks and created the Farmer"s Clock tower, using his handmade parts such as gears and weights, sometime around 1887 when not all houses had clocks.
The Farmer"s Clock was modeled after an octagon-shaped clock hung in his home’s kitchen. Hatanaka is said to have repeatedly broken up and reassembled the octagon clock to learn about its structure, which helped him make the clock.
The Farmer"s Clock has told the hour to farmers working in their fields far away from the clock tower. It still stands amid a rural landscape, and is loved by many people.
638-4 Doi, Aki City, Kochi Prefecture
Commerce, Tourism & Fisheries Section,
Aki Municipal Government
●About a 10-minute ride on Genki Bus to the Nora Clock-mae stop from Aki Station on Tosa Kuroshio Railway’s Gomen-Nahari Line