Chairman of the Board, The Bourbon Yoshida Foundation
Director, Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki
Since the Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki opened its doors in September 2013, we have been fortunate to receive the support of many people, not only visitors but also corporate sponsors and volunteers. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to them all for their generosity.
Donald Keene’s relationship with Kashiwazaki City began when he proposed the revival of the old jōruri puppet play The Life of Kōchi, the Holy Monk of Kashiwazaki in Echigo, which dates from the 17th century. Later, when he was in New York teaching his final course at Columbia University, Professor Keene received news of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resolved to “return to Japan and become a Japanese citizen.” He also agreed to our proposal to move his study in New York exactly as it was to Kashiwazaki, where it could become the nucleus of a foundation for passing on his many achievements in Japanese literature and culture to future generations. Although Donald Keene died in 2019, we carry on his legacy of seeking to realize a peaceful world. We look forward to your continued support.
On the Establishiment of the Center
I have spent my life working for a better understanding of Japanese culture in Japan and abroad, so the founding of the Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki can not help but be an extremely happy occasion for me. Moreover, to have my name attached to the Center is an inexpressible joy.
I studied classical Japanese literature and the history of Japanese thought under Professor Tsunoda Ryūsaku at Columbia University and was one of the first generation of postwar scholars of Japanese studies abroad. Today, the children of my own students are active in the field. Before the war, Japanese was taught at only six or seven American universities and most of them were on the West Coast, where there were many second generation Japanese-Americans. But today, when almost any respected university teaches Japanese, Japanese is no longer considered a rare foreign language. In fact, it has become a popular language studied around the world.
The Donald Keene Center Kashiwazaki bears the name of one person but I would like to share my joy with all those outside Japan who have worked so hard at Japanese studies and at opening the pathway to Japan.
On the first floor visitors can see copies of Professor Keene's works, an outline of the Center, as well as search and retrieve on information terminals Professor Keene's current activities. There is also an audio-visual hall where the visitor can view a variety of theme-based visuals on a 200-inch screen.
On the second floor is a re-creation of Professor Keene's study and living room in New York and a restored exhibition hall which shed light on many aspects of Professor Keene as a person, his works and accomplishments, and his love of Japan. There is also a visual library where the visitor can see and hear Professor Keene speak about his encounters with renowned authors, his lectures and other events. There is also a search and retrieve section to view his book collections and the over a thousand records and CDs he gave the Center.
How the Center came to be established
Donald Keene was an interpreter of Japanese literature and culture to the world and his study in New York was the base of his activities. After the unprecedented disaster of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 2011, the bravery and resilience of people in the devastated areas inspired him to become a Japanese citizen. “Now is the very best time,” he declared, “for me to become a Japanese.” It seemed he would have to abandon his study in New York, but then the idea of moving it intact to Japan was proposed and from that evolved the idea of establishing the Donald Keene Center of Kashiwazaki as a base for cultural activities by and for the people of Kashiwazaki. This was possible because of the warm ties that existed between Donald Keene and the people of Kashiwazaki since his participation in the 2007 revival of the old jōruri puppet play The Life of Kōchi, the Holy Monk of Kashiwazaki in Echigo.
ご寄付についてドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎を運営しております公益財団法人ブルボン吉田記念財団は、その事業の公益性を認められ、2013年3月27日付で公益法人の認定を受け、同4月1日付にて公益財団法人として登記いたしました。そして、2013年9月21日に、当財団の主要な事業である文化資料館「ドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎」の開館を迎え、現在に至っております。 今後も、さまざまな展示や企画展の開催、貴重な資料・レコード等を活用したセミナーやレコードコンサート、キーン先生にご縁のある方々による講演会などを通して、キーン先生の日本への思いや日本文学・日本文化のすばらしさを発信してまいります。 あわせて、財団として奨学事業や文化・芸術・スポーツ等に関する振興助成事業、更には褒賞事業などを通じて、社会の発展及び皆様の健康・福祉の向上に貢献する財団として事業を進めてまいります。 これら当財団の事業活動は広範な多くの皆様のご理解とご支援無くしてはありえません。ドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎の運営をはじめとする当財団の事業活動にご賛同をいただき、ぜひご寄付をお寄せいただきますよう心よりお願い申し上げます。皆様からお預かりいたします寄付金は、当財団の「寄付金等取扱規程」にのっとり、有効に活用させていただきます。
賛助会員( 法人・個人) について東日本大震災の発生後、日本国籍を取得された日本文学研究の第一人者、米コロンビア大学名誉教授故ドナルド・キーン先生の「人となり」や「仕事・作品」を通して、日本文学・日本文化の「すばらしさ」を再発見する場として、2013年9月21日「ドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎」が開館いたしました。 当センターでは、貴重な資料や映像による常設展示の他に、収蔵品・レコード等を使用した特別企画展や各種セミナー、キーン先生にご縁のある方々による講演会等を開催し、キーン先生の日本への思いや日本文学・日本文化のすばらしさを発信してまいります。 これらの事業の末永い実施のため、法人賛助会員制度・個人賛助会員制度を設け、幅広くご支援をお願いしている次第です。多くの皆様のご協力を得ながら、地域の文化振興・地域の活性化につなげてまいりたいと考えております。 何卒、この趣旨をご理解のうえ、多くの法人・個人の皆様からご加入・ご利用いただきますよう心よりお願い申し上げます。
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