Hamamatsu is a part of a region called Enshu, around the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture, and it was in a farm house there that Michio Suzuki, the founder of Suzuki, was born. Enshu was a region rich in nature and blessed with a mild climate, thriving in its long-held tradition of cotton production, and boasted an advanced textile industry. It was also a town of “monozukuri”, the Japanese art of craftsmanship, with a developed construction industry using Tenryu cedar. Michio, who grew up in this Enshu region, became an apprentice carpenter, but the outbreak of war caused the amount of work to drastically diminish. When his master began to take on the manufacturing of looms, Michio also acquired the knowledge and skills of loom manufacturing. After finishing his apprenticeship at 21 years old, Michio took particular note of the rise in demand for floor looms. In 1909, he founded the Suzuki Loom Works, and single-handedly built a loom. He gifted his first loom to his mother, which became the talk of the surrounding villages, and was soon bombarded with orders. This was the beginning of the history of Suzuki.
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