Welcome to Keio Academy of New York!
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Keio Academy of New York
Vice President for Global Engagement, Keio University
In 1860, Yukichi Fukuzawa, the founder of Keio University, went aboard a ship called Kanrinmaru and visited the United States for the first time. He was only 25 years old. At that time in Japan, only a few people could go abroad. Fukuzawa took notes on what he saw, heard, and understood in the United States and Europe and published books after returning to Japan. He contributed to the modernization of Japan.
More than 160 years have passed since Fukuzawa’s first visit to the United States. Today it is much easier to travel from Japan to the United States if you take an airplane. Many people have visited a foreign country. It is a fantastic experience to live in a foreign country while young. Leaving the environment where you grew up and living without your parents might be difficult, but I am sure such an experience will enrich your life.
Since its foundation in 1990, Keio Academy of New York has hungrily acquired know-how for bicultural education. Our mission is to turn out youngbloods who understand both Japanese and American cultures and have Keio spirits.