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Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation is a foundation devoted to honoring and promoting the achievements and high ideals of Shibusawa Eiichi, as well as to raising the ethical standards of activity based on the ideal of "harmony of morality and the economy," which Shibusawa Eiichi advocated and practiced throughout his life.
The beginnings of the foundation go back in 1886. Young people who were working under Shibusawa Eiichi boarded at the Shibusawa home and had study meetings aimed at the creation of a new Japan under the name Ryumonsha, which means "association at the gate of the dragon." The name was devised by Odaka Junchu, instructor of the group in Confucian classics and Shibusawa Eiichi's cousin, inspired by the Chinese folktale of a carp that climbs a waterfall and becomes a dragon.
As time went by, the members of the association increased, and the organization was enlarged and improved. In 1924 the association was incorporated as a Foundation, and in 1946 the name of the foundation was changed to Shibusawa Seien Memorial Foundation, Ryumonsha. In 1998 the name, Ryumonsha, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation, became the foundation`s officially registered English name.
The following programs are conducted by our foundation, in pursuit of its objectives as an organization.
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation manages the Shibusawa Memorial Museum currently located in Asukayama Park, Tokyo, formerly the site of the Shibusawa residence. The museum`s new main building, currently housing its exhibitions, opened in March 1998. The exhibitions present the life and works of Shibusawa Eiichi in an easy-to-understand fashion and books and other documents are available for the perusal of researchers.
Support of the Shibusawa Study Group
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation supports the activities of the "Shibusawa Study Group," which is made up of scholars and specialists in business history, diplomatic history, social welfare, education, and other fields. Shibusawa Study Group publishes an annual bulletin, the Journal of Shibusawa Studies, with the support of our foundation.
Shibusawa-Claudel Prize
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation cooperates in the awarding of the Shibusawa-Claudel Prize, sponsored by the Maison franco-japonaise, to young researchers engaged in the study and mutual introduction of Japanese and French culture. Shibusawa Eiichi and Paul Claudel were among the founders of the Maison franco-japonaise.
Services for members
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation offers the following services to members of the association.
(1) Publishing and mailing of the monthly bulletin Seien.
(2) Holding of lecture meetings.
(3) Making available facilities for lecture meetings held by the Daiichi Kangyo Research Institute.
(4) Support of lecture meetings and other events by branch offices of Ryumonsha in other parts of the country.
(5) Presentation of a congratulatory walking stick to members who reach the age of 80.
Invitation to membership
Standing members are invited to support the programs and help maintain the assets of our foundation.
At present, the association has about 4,000 individual members and about 700 corporate members.
In order to support the steady continuation of its activities, individuals and groups are invited to become members of the association.
Annual membership is 5,000 yen for individuals and 10,000 yen for corporate members (each company may hold as many memberships as desired).
Please send written inquiries by post, e-mail, or fax.
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation
2-16-1 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0024 Japan
Fax : +81-3-3910-2849
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