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2022.04.27
April 30th, 5:30pm: Keio University 島澄夫, of the 海軍14期飛行専修予備 will be featured on TBS Television`s News Special. (In Japanese)

Materials and research from the Keio History Museum`s archive project `Keio University and the War` will be featured in TBS Television`s News Special [報道特集]. Details on the program are below;

– TBS Television`s News Special Archive:
 http://www.tbs.co.jp/houtoku/
2022.04.15
`What are Keio University`s `Important Cultural Properties`? Mita Campus` Old Library Building and Speaking Hall` – Keio`s Cultural Properties in Asahi Weekly (April 22nd, 2022) (In Japanese).

The Keio History Museum, alongside the University`s Important Cultural Properties, has been featured in Asahi Weekly (in Japanese). Please take a look!
2022.03.10
10,000 Visitors to the Fukuzawa Yukichi Memorial Keio History Museum!

On the 5th of March, eight months after our opening in July 2021, the Keio History Museum welcomed its 10,000th visitor!
Our 10,000th visitor, Mr. 岡山浩之, was awarded with items from our museum shop in celebration of this achievement.
Having opened in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, we are extremely grateful to everyone who has come to visit.
At the moment, we are in the midst of preparations for our second Special Exhibition, Keio Baseball and Modern Japan, opening in June. We hope that this exhibition is exciting not only for first-time visitors, but for those returning to us as well.
We are looking forward to your next visit!

2022.03.02
[Temporary Exhibition]

2022 Spring Special Exhibition “Keio Baseball and Modern Japan”
Exhibition Period: June 6, 2022 (Mon) – August 13, 2022 (Sat) (tentative)
2022.01.12
January 19th, 8pm: `Choice of Heroes: I can see it! Fukuzawa Yukichi`s Dream of Modern Japan` aired on NHK BS Premium.

Fukuzawa Research Center`s Professor Tokura Takeyuki will be appearing on NHK BS Premium`s documentary `Choice of Heroes; I can see it! Fukuzawa Yukichi`s Dream of Modern Japan` (in Japanese). The Keio History Museum will also be featured. Please take a look!
2021.07.05
[Advance Reservation to prevent the spread of COVID-19]

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please make a reservation from this page.
2021.05.31
Ceremony for the successful completion of the museum

The Keio History Museum was planned to open to the public on May 15, 2021. We were unfortunately unable to do so, and postponed the opening in light of the declaration of the State of Emergency prompted by the spread of COVID-19. 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 artefacts, and words handed down from the past.

Follow the unbroken pen-stroke through the museum, tracing the adoption of Western learning at Keio and in Japan. This continuous line ties together the successive developments of an empirical and rational approach to scholarship imported to Japan.

The content on display here is not the internal matters of a single private school, but recounts the history of modern Japan’s struggles. Moreover, this is not a history full of triumphs, but one replete with setbacks. The history of Fukuzawa Yukichi and Keio University paints a vivid, multifaceted perspective of Japanese modernity.

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