A small academy in traditional wooden buildings that was one of the most significant centres of philosophical and political thought, particularly in ways of Western technology, critical to the industrial modernization of Japan.
In 1854 Torajiro Yoshida, a Japanese revolutionary fighter (whose other name is Shoin Yoshida) attempted to stow away on one of Perry's 'Black Ships' and was arrested by the government. In this small academy, Shokasonjuku, he taught Western military technology and politics before his execution at the age of 29. Many of his students became key figures in the Meiji Restoration and drove the subsequent political and industrial modernization of Japan.
|National historic site
|1537-1 Chinto, Hagi city, Yamaguchi
|0838-22-4643 (Shoin Shrine)