Nerd alert! :-b
Yes, Toyota City (Toyota-shi) does exist! It’s close to Nagoya, the 5th biggest city in Japan. With 425.000 inhabitants, Toyota is comparable in size to the city of Ghent. Before housing the Toyota Motor Corporation the city was called ‘Koromo’. Koromo is Japanese for clothing, because back in the days the area used to be famous for silk production. As the demand for raw silk declined, the Toyoda family (that owned an automatic loom manufacturing business) had to look for alternatives. One engine led to another and they started investing in the automotive industry. People thought they were nuts! They almost went bankrupt, but they bounced back thanks to the 1950 Korean war (that boosted the demand for military vehicles). In 1959 Koromo changed its name to Toyota as a token of respect to its major employer.
Toyota Motor Corporation is the biggest company in Japan, so this city has a lot of money and is developing at a fast pace. A lot of big, new buildings are being constructed and we just watched a 2h fireworks festival (don’t want to know how much money that costs). It also houses some great architectural works, e.g., Toyota stadium and the brigde leading towards it, both by the famous Japanese architect Kurokawa Kishu. My personal favourite is the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. It’s so minimalistic, creative and bright! Apparantly he was also involved in the renovation of MoMA, but this museum is considered his masterpiece. Lucky us!