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Ceremony for the successful completion of the museum

While the Keio History Museum had planned to open to the public on May 15, 2021, we were unfortunately obliged to postpone in light of the declaration of a state of emergency prompted by the spread of COVID-19 infections. However, on May 15, the same date on which we had initially planned to open to the public and the anniversary of the Yukichi Fukuzawa-Francis Wayland Memorial Lecture, we held a “completion ceremony” to mark the conclusion of preparations for the museum.

The ceremony itself was a stripped-back event, attended by around 30 people, including the Keio President Haseyama Akira and his Vice-Presidents as well as institutional staff of the museum. President Haseyama delivered an address which touched on the process leading up to the establishment of the museum and the significance thereof. This was followed by an address from Museum Director Hirano Takashi, which included an overview of the distinguishing features of the museum. Deputy Director Tokura Takeyuki then outlined the concepts and composition of the exhibitions, after which attendees were given a preliminary tour.

The public opening date of the museum remains to be finalized and we will announce the details via this website as soon as they have been confirmed.

Greeting by Keio University President Akira Haseyama

Guide by Vice Director Takeyuki Tokura

Preview by attendants

Exhibition concept

Create History to Define the Future

Our history is the very struggle
Of modern Japan itself—

At the Fukuzawa Yukichi Memorial Keio History Museum we will trace the life of Fukuzawa Yukichi and the history of Keio University through an abundance of valuable “artefacts” and “words” from the times.

A “continuous line” entices visitors through the museum; with the continuity of this line symbolizing the flow and succession of Western learning, imported to Japan as an empirical and rational approach to scholarship.

It is no exaggeration to say that, rather than the history of the internal matters of a single private school, the content on display here ultimately recounts the very history of modern Japan’s struggles. Moreover, this cannot be characterized as a history without incident but as one replete with setbacks. Learning about the history of Fukuzawa Yukichi and Keio University’s progress is sure to impart perspectives which reflect Japanese modernity in a multifaceted and vividly real manner.

Now, let us embark on our journey through history and into the future.