Jumbo Shimane hourglass recognized by Guinness as world’s largest

Jumbo Shimane hourglass recognized by Guinness as world’s largest

Jumbo Shimane hourglass recognized by Guinness as world’s largest

Written by Staff Writer

22 Sep, 2015 | 3:50 pm

The Jumbo Shimane hourglass placed in a museum in Shimane Prefecture has been identified as the world’s largest hourglass by the Guinness World Records. The 5.2-metre-tall, massive hourglass, which measures the duration of a year, has been built at the Nima Sand Museum in Oda, Japan.

It began ticking on January 1, 1991, using quartz sand from Yamagata Prefecture. One tonne of the sand is designed to fall through the glass container over a year, Kyodo news agency reported. The recognition came after the publisher of Guinness World Records confirmed the size of the museum’s hourglass and sounded it out about registering the device, a museum official said.

The hourglass has been named Sunagoyomi, translating to “sand calender.” The massive device is placed inside a pyramid-shaped glass structure and stands at the centre of the museum. At the end of each year when exactly one ton of sand has fallen down, the hourglass is turned upside down to make it do it again.

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