Activities of the Rohm Music Foundation and ROHM
With the aim of continuously contributing to the spread and development of music culture, we established the "Rohm Music Foundation", a public interest incorporated foundation, in 1991. Including the 2019FY, we have supported 493 scholarship students, and held the "Scholarship Concert" in which the students perform. Also, we carry out events such as the "Kyoto/International Music Students Festival" with the aim of international exchange and cultivation of young musicians and "Music Seminars" for the education of professional musicians, as well as providing support for performances and research related to music.
The total number of visitors to concerts held or supported by the ROHM Music Foundation in the 2019FY rose to more than 104,000 people.
ROHM Theatre Kyoto as the Production Base for the Education Project "Seiji Ozawa Music Academy"
We continued to support the education project for young musicians carried out by the world famous conductor Seiji Ozawa, the "Seiji Ozawa Music Academy". Young musicians from Asia selected in an audition receive guidance from musicians active on the world stage, including Seiji Ozawa, and perform with top singers, which is a program that has no equal.
Also, from 2015 we are continuing with the "Opera for Children" program which hopes to have children feel the wonder of music and become a trigger to interest them in music. Over 11,600 elementary school students from Kyoto have been invited to performances in ROHM Theatre Kyoto.
An Event Overflowing with Music "ROHM Music Festival"
From 2016, the music festival “ROHM Music Festival” has started in ROHM Theatre Kyoto.
In this festival, performances are held by members of the "Rohm Music Friends", who were connected to ROHM and the Rohm Music Foundation through the musician support activities and are currently active as professionals all over the world (4,636 persons as of May 2020), and by junior and senior high school students from Kansai. During this period, the entire local area fills with music, and many people enjoy the event.
Decorating the Area around ROHM Head Office with Brilliant Illumination
For approximately one month from end of November to end of December , we decorate Kyoto head office with brilliant illuminations every year. The trees around the Head Office were lit up with 860,000 light bulbs, one of the largest illuminations in Kyoto City, bringing joy and delight, not only for community residents but recently to tourists from overseas also.
Moreover on weekends and public holidays,- exciting entertainments are held which can experience technology of ROHM products, sensors and wireless modules, LEDs and so on. Furthermore, in consideration of the environment, for this illumination, we apply electricity generated by natural energy, and adopted "Carbon Offset*".
*setting off the amount of CO₂ emitted from the illumination from the amount of reduction of CO₂ achieved by the action and ecological activities.
Through such activities, ROHM will continue to consider the environment and contribute to the creation of a community, where everyone smiling.
Japan Super Science Fair
The Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) is an initiative sponsored by Ritsumeikan High School, where science high school students from every country in the world interact on the subject of science in Kyoto, and ROHM has participated continuously since 2013.
In the "Science Talk", ROHM employees visited Ritsumeikan High School and gave a lecture, and after providing an explanation about the function of electrical parts and circuits they had the 30 students actually use an electrically conductive ink pen (Circuit Marker) and experience creating an electric circuit and light the chip LEDs.
Cooperating as a group to make various circuits, the expressions of the students were earnest yet brimming with smiles, and we were able to make them feel the enjoyment of Monozukuri (manufacturing).
From here on, through these kinds of activities, ROHM will continue to support those students aiming to become the next generation's engineers.
Monozukuri (manufacturing) Lessons for Elementary School Students in Kyoto City
At ROHM, we endorse the initiative of the Kyoto City Board of Education, and in order to increase children's interest in Monozukuri and provide them with an opportunity to think about their path to the future and their dreams, from the 2010FY we are holding a display of a booth using our company products and providing Monozukuri lessons at the "Kyoto Manabi-no Machi Ikikata Tankyu Museum".
In the lesson, through the creation of a circuit combining a resistor, which has been a product manufactured by ROHM ever since its establishment, and LEDs that shine in three colors, we were able to make the students think about the three primary colors and the energy saving result of the LEDs, as well as the enjoyment of Monozukuri and their own futures.
The children listened attentively to the teachers who had come from our company, with comment such as "That's how a circuit works", "All the different colors shining are beautiful", and they were absorbed in the LED circuits they themselves had created.
From here on, in order to provide an opportunity for many children to experience the enjoyment of Monozukuri and have them imagine their future jobs, we will continue to carry out Monozukuri lessons.