Shoko Shuseikan Museum Curator
“Learning on the Job”
I’m originally from Nagasaki, but my mother is from Kagoshima, so I visited Kagoshima many times when I was younger, and got very interested in the local history. After graduating from university I worked at museums in Fukuoka and Nagasaki for a while, but after hearing that the Shoko Shuseikan was hiring, I applied immediately. I’ve been with Shimadzu Limited for 3 years now.
I’ve had the chance to look at a great number of historical records, and have learned a lot about the history of Kagoshima. Since I started working for Shimadzu Limited I’ve found out a lot of interesting historical facts that I never knew before. The history of food, especially pork and local delicacy satsuma a’ge is fascinating, and has made me want to do more research into the history of everyday life.
“Changing Kagoshima’s Image”
Kagoshima is surrounded by the sea, and was historically an active hub for trading. Guns and Christianity first made their way into Japan through Kagoshima, and the people of Kagoshima have always been looking outward to see what developments have been made in neighboring countries. The desire not to fall behind other countries and to have a strong economy meant that even during the period in which Japan was closed to the outside world, the people of Kagoshima managed to build a reverberatory furnace, produce spinning factories, and build the foundations for modern Japan. Most people today don’t know that Kagoshima was home to this kind of innovation, so one of my personal goals is to change the image of Kagoshima, and give due credit to the craftsmanship that supported the modernisation of Japan.