The Dawn(1835-1901)

year affairs

Keio founder Yukichi Fukuzawa born into a samurai family of the Nakatsu clan (now Oita Prefecture, Kyushu). Per his father's duties, the family lives in Osaka.

Keio founder Yukichi Fukuzawa


Fukuzawa enters Koan Ogata's private school Tekijuku in Osaka, which focuses on Dutch studies.

Koan Ogata



Fukuzawa establishes a school for Dutch studies in Edo (now Tokyo).


1860 Fukuzawa goes on his first official trip overseas, traveling to the United States on the Kanrin Maru, one of Japan's first steam-driven warships.
1862 Fukuzawa sent to Europe as a member of the first Japanese Embassy to Europe.
1868 Fukuzawa's school renamed after the Keio Era.
1871 Keio University moves to Mita.
1873 Keio Igakusho (Institute of Medicine) established at Mita, Tokyo. (Closed 1880)
1890 Keio establishes a college. Department of Literature, Department of Economics (precursor to the Faculty of Economics) and Department of Law open. The book Rangaku Kotohajime is republished to celebrate the first General Assembly of the Japan Medical Congress. Fukuzawa writes the preface.

The Institute of Infectious Diseases established with Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato serving as director.

Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato

1893 Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato establishes Tsukushigaoka Yojoen, the first hospital in Japan to specialize in the treatment of tuberculosis, and the precursor to the Kitasato Institute Hospital.
1901 Fukuzawa passes away on February 3.