In Japan, a Visit to the Casio G-Shock Factory

Most of the durable wristwatch’s models — and a number of other electronic items — are made at Yamagata Casio.

HIGASHINE, Japan — Yamagata Prefecture, in the north of Japan’s main island, Honshu, is known for its cherries. And when you disembark at the Sakuranbo-Higashine train station, they won’t let you forget it: There are large posters of cherries, a cherry-shaped monument, a cherry-themed souvenir shop and even images of cherries affixed to the train itself.

But Higashine has more than just cherries. It is where many of the Casio G-Shock watches come to life. It was the dream of its creator, Kikuo Ibe: a watch whose case and movement would

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