Bored during the coronavirus quarantine? Honda has released Honda Origins, an audiovisual series that reflects the life of the company’s founder, Soichiro Honda, combining manga drawings, audio and historical photographs.
This is an audiovisual tour from the beginnings of Honda, its achievements and its legacy, with 6 episodes between 10 and 20 minutes long, ready to be viewed through the link https://global.honda/heritage/HondaOriginsLibrary.html (in English).
The series is based on the original manga “Honda Soichiro Hon Den” published by Shogakukan Inc., to intertwine the life of the founder and his philosophy of life and business, with the evolution of the company to become the multinational known today in the world whole.
The first episode of the series, “Bouncing Back”, tells how Soichiro Honda overcame two wars, the Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945) and World War II (1939-1945), to be able to found the Honda Technical Research Institute in 1946 in the city of Hamamatsu, starting his legacy with a radio engine attached to a bicycle. An adventure that, together with Takeo Fujisawa, would become Honda Motor Company two years later, in 1948.
The rest of the chapters (A Dream is Born; Crisis on the Way to The Isle of Man Declaration; American Advance; Veni, Vidi, Vici: We Hate to Lose;) portray key moments in his life and values, as well as in history of the company, making special mention of Honda’s adventure and commitment to cars and participation in Formula 1. Among the most important values represented in the series, perseverance and learning from failure stand out, through a quote by Soichiro Honda that defines the spirit of the company: “success represents 1% of your work, and is the result of another 99%, which we call failure”.
The series ends with a final chapter (Epilogue) that recounts the beginnings of the multinational through its expansion in the United States, to shortly after end with the joint withdrawal the same day of the founders of Honda. .