In the Maker Shed: Gennai Hiraga’s Spark Generator

In the Maker Shed: Gennai Hiraga’s Spark Generator

Hiraga Gennai (1729-79) was an Edo period Japanese pharmacologist, physician, author, painter, and inventor who is well known for his Erekiteru (electrostatic generator). The Gennai Hiraga’s Spark Generator kit by Gakken replicates his early work in creating static charges. Easy to build — instructions are in Japanese but feature highly detailed assembly pictures (sorry, no English translation at this time).


MAKE is proud to be the exclusive distributor in North America for these brilliant kits from Gakken.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

The Maker Shed is brought to you by Maker Media, the makers of MAKE Magazine, the Maker Faire, and much more.

Launched originally as a source for back issues of MAKE Magazine, the Maker Shed expanded rapidly to meet the demand for 'projects in a box,' otherwise known as kits. Now we have a little bit of everything for makers, crafters, and budding scientists, from Arduinos to sock monkeys to chemistry sets .

View more articles by Maker Shed