On October 17, Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya – a small fishing village on the east coast of Japan. His grandfather was a Samurai and so his father continued the family tradition of leadership after Japan joined the modern world in the 1870’s. His father, Masakichi, was the first to make violins in Japan, and in 1888 founded a violin factory in Nagoya. The factory was so successful that it became the world’s largest. His children grew up using violins as toys and not musical instruments.