Celebrating Yukichi Fukuzawa's Birthday on January 10th
YUKICHI FUKUZAWA Research Club:
The Yukichi Fukuzawa Research Club is a group of students who study about the founder of Keio, Yukichi Fukuzawa and Keio in general. The club’s goal is to better understand the important philosophies Keio possess. The students read works by the founder and other Keio related authors to discuss the ideas. They also visit historic sites related to Mr. Fukuzawa and Keio to broaden their horizon.
Last fall, the club conducted a trip to Manhattan. In 1867, Mr. Fukuzawa came to New York as a government official of the Edo Shogunate. The students visited Wall Street, where the customs were set up back then. Along with this former site, they visited other former sites such as the hotel he stayed at and the Appleton Bookstore. Keio had already opened its doors in 1858 as the oldest private institution in Japan, and he had bought books for his students here.