The rainy season has started. It is the season that you can’t go out much, so how about learning about the great men who laid the foundation of modern Japan.
Kagoshima, which used to be called “Satsuma”, was a small domain located in the very south of Japan. But, Satsuma produced many great men who took an active part in polities or modern culture.
Why the people from Satsuma? What was so special here?
Well, visit the museum and learn about Satsuma and its people!
1st Floor: The Heroes’ Path
You can learn about Saigo and Okubo at “The Satsuma Episode”. You’ll also be able to take pictures while wearing Saigo’s military uniform and Okubo’s frock coat.
At “The Restoration Study Zone”, you can learn about Satsuma during the Meiji Restoration.
Basement Floor: The Path of the Meiji Restoration
At “Restoration Experience Hall”, Sounds, lights and robots show you the Meiji Restoration, You can learn how Saigo and Okubo led Japan to be a modern nation.(English, Chinese and Korean capable)
There are also “Theme Exhibition Rooms” on the basement floor.
Learn about Shuseikan projects (集成館事業) at “Theme Exhibition Room 2″!
The 28th in the line of Shimazu clan lords of Satsuma Domain, Shimazu Nariakira (島津斉彬) accomplished the Shuseikan project which was Japan’s first western industries.
At that time, Japan was a small closed feudal country, and the world was changing a lot. Nariakira feared Japan being colonized by Britain and he thought that the act of strengthening both the military and industry was very important. So, he chanted two slogans which are “Enrich the country, strengthen the military (富国強兵)” and “Encouragement of New Industry (殖産興業)”.
You’ll be surprised at how many things did, and how big the influence on that era and us who are living now!
There is more to see where you can feel the end of the Edo period Satsuma and Goju Kyoiku (郷中教育 / education for the samurai in Satsuma Province), Satsuma Tourist Information Zone and an Atsuhime (the wife of Tokugawa Iesada (徳川 家定), the 13th Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate) Corner. Come and feel the soul of Satsuma!
The details for the facility → Click here!
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