ONGAKUKAN Co., Ltd. was founded in 1985. Originally, its main business was the leasing of recording equipment for professional use in recording studios.
Later, the company expanded its business into music production, and produced many different types of music, for advertisement and MIDI data, for example. This side of the company continues its business today as the Music Division of Ongakukan.
In 1993, Ongakukan expanded its activities to include CD-ROM software that included both music and imagery. In August, 1995, this arm of the company produced “Train Simulator”, a railway driving simulation computer game which uses live video footage of a train in operation. This technology went on to become the backbone for the production of business-grade railway simulators, which began in 2006.
In 2007, Ongakukan revealed the world's first steam locomotive driving simulator for exhibit in The Railway Museum in Omiya, Japan. To this day, it is one of the most popular feature exhibits in the museum.
Additionally, Ongakukan's professional-grade simulators are being used by railway companies as a training simulator for their drivers.
Recently, Ongakukan's activities have expanded to include more experimental activities, such as production of railway-related entertainment events, using SNS technology and live video streaming services.
|1985||▶ Company Founded
▶ Began leasing recording equipment for professional use
|1986||▶ Began taking on project management and sales of music classes and entertainment projects|
|1993||▶ Released CD-ROM game “Touch the Music by Casiopea” for Macintosh|
|1994||▶ Delivered computer terminals using a HUD system to Tokyo Sea Life Park in partnership with Shimadzu Corporation|
|1995||▶ Began production and release of PC game “Train Simulator”
From then, released 21 PC games over 6 year
|1998||▶ Released “Master Controller” for PC game|
▶ Production of “Train Simulator Real THE Yamanote Line” as the first game in the series for the Playstation2 console
From then, released 10 games for the Playstation3 and PSP consoles over 6 years
|2003||▶ Patent application for automatic condition music generation system (Matrix Music)|
|2004||▶ Production of departure melody for Kyushu Shinkansen.
Many other projects for other lines follow.
|2005||▶ Received administration rights of railway related portal site ”Railfan” from Tokyu Corporation|
|2006||▶ Delivered 5000 series train actual-body simulator using high-vision image to the school of Tokyu corporation based on partnership with Tokyu Techno System Co., Ltd.|
|2007||▶ Delivered D51 steam locomotive simulator to The Railway Museum of East Japan railway Culture Foundation based on partnership with Total Media Development Institute Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd., Scientific Tsukuba Co., Ltd. and FEIN Co., Ltd.|
|2008||▶ Produced original Toyoko & Minatomirai Line simulator for “Tokyu Toyoko Line 80th Anniversary Railway Festival” in Tokyu Department Store|
|2009||▶ Retrofitted the 8090 series simulator to “The Museum of Train & Bus” of Tokyu Corporation
▶ Delivered Hanshin 1000 series simulator to KCJ Kidzania Koshien (Train pavilion) based on partnership with Itec Hankyu Hanshin Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Limited
▶ Retrofitted 209 and 211 series simulator to The Railway Museum of East Japan railway Culture Foundation
▶ Retrofitted 10030 and 8000 series simulator, and produced 50050 series simulator to Tobu Museum of Transport & Culture
|2010||▶ Delivered gathered training type train simulator to “The Train Driver Experience Lesson” in The Railway Museum of East Japan railway Culture Foundation|
|2011||▶ Retrofitted 811 series simulator in Kyushu Railway History Museum
▶ Developed and delivered BGM reproduction equipment for Kyushu Railway Company 185 series DMU “Take the A-train”
▶ Delivered “ATS-DK” training simulator to Kyushu Railway Company
|2012||▶ Production of original CG simulator of Toyoko Line underground area between Daikanyama and Shibuya for “Railway Festival 2012 in SHIBUYA” in Tokyu Department Store
▶ Began artist management business
▶ Produced Railway booth in “Niconico Chokaigi”, carried out train parts auction event through live streaming from JR Kyushu Kokura Works
▶ Continues to produce similar events in the following years, including chartering a special group train named “Niconico Chokaigi” for entertainment.
|2013||▶ Moved Head office to Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku
▶ Produced CD album “NicoNico Live Recording” with fully disclosed production process, released nation-wide with ONGAKUKAN label for the first time
|2014||▶ Produced the following exhibitions for SANZEN-HIROBA in Kuzuha Mall
- Digital Dynamic Preservation* of Keihan 3505
- Train Simulator of Keihan 8000 and 2600
- Announcement and BGM in Kuzuha Mall
* “デジタル動態保存” as Digital Dynamic Preservation is registered trademark of ONGAKUKAN Co., Ltd.
▶ Delivered Shinkansen E5 series simulator ordered from JR East Japan Railway Company for Inno Trans 2014. This simulator became the leading character of the exhibitions of JR East booth in Malaysia, Singapore, India and United States.
▶ Delivered a compact type of E5 Series Shinkansen-train-simulator for JR EAST- East Japan Railway Company, which was exhibited at 61st UITP Milan 2015
▶ Minoru Mukaiya composed and performed 48 departure songs for each station of Tokyo Metro Tozai-line, which have been playing since May 2015（In Japan, when a train departs, a melodic song is played instead of alarming sound）
▶ 48 departure songs and arranged versions are compiled and released as a CD album called Tokyo Metro Departure Song Collection from Ongakukan label
▶ Exhibited E5 Series Shinkansen-train-simulator for 9th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail held at Tokyo International Forum, which is organized by JR EAST- East Japan Railway Company
▶ 1st September, Ongakukan made it to its 30th anniversary.
▶ Delivered Shinkansen E5 Series of 3rd simulator with a wide-body ordered from JR East Japan Railway Company, which exhibited for 11th International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE 2015)
▶ Exhibited as Ongakukan booth for 4th Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2015 held at Makuhari-Messe
▶ Developed and introduced a light-weight platform screen doors, that obtained a patent
|2016||▶ As of renewal opening "The Museum of Train & Bus" of Tokyu Corporation, added completely evolved train simulator of 8090 series as well as new KIDS SIMULATOR for parents is unveiled.|