Calligraphic works of Yukichi Fukuzawa

Calligraphic works of Yukichi Fukuzawa is part of the Fukuzawa-related documents held by the Keio University Library. High-resolution images of 44 scripts are available for public viewing.

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Introduction

Calligraphic works of Yukichi Fukuzawa is part of the Fukuzawa-related documents held by the Keio University Library. High-resolution images of 44 scripts are available for public viewing. These have been organized into passages from his speeches (Keio Gijuku no mokuteki "The Aims of Keio Gijuku"), his words and phrases, and his Chinese poetry, and are generally published in chronological order. Furthermore, commentaries written by Associate Professor Takeyuki Tokura of the Fukuzawa Memorial Institute for Modern Japanese Studies are published for representative works. (Reproduced from Fukuzawa Yukichi: Living the Future; The 150th Anniversary of Keio University [Keio University 2009])

※ Fukuzawa-related documents

The Fukuzawa-related documents consist of about 600 items including autograph manuscripts, calligraphy, and letters by Keio University founder Yukichi Fukuzawa (1834-1901), as well as his personal mementos and old books. In addition to about 70 handwritten manuscripts and just over 100 letters, the collection also includes Joyujorei (Imperial edicts and regulations) statute books that belonged to his father, Hyakusuke Fukuzawa, which was where his name "Yukichi" originated from. There is also the walking stick he used when he went on walks and his copy of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism with handwritten notes, the Western book that influenced him the most. The main materials of the Fukuzawa-related documents have been saved on microfilms. In 1983, the Fukuzawa Memorial Insitute for Modern Japanese Studies was established as a result of reorganizing the Keio Unviersity Historical Archives Room. Since then, this Institute has been continuously collecting materials related to Fukuzawa.