Shoko Shuseikan was fundamentally important in the modernization of Japan. It was here that Western industrial technology was first introduced to Japan, studied, developed and used in the creation of modern factories. Shoko Shuseikan is a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory. Ow turned into a museum where visitors an learn about the 700 year history of the Shimadzu family and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan. Shoko Shuseikan was one of the very first factories in Japan, built by Shimadzu Nariakira towards increasing the production and wealth of the country in line with the government plan during the Meiji era. Reverberatory furnaces, glass factories and shipyards were created. These foundations led to the development of the modern Japanese manufacturing industry.