Eiichi Shibusawa, who contributed to the modernization of Japan, thought that paper was necessary for the development of Japan after the Meiji Restoration, and established a large-scale western-style paper mill Shoushi-Gaisha in Oji, Tokyo.
After that, various factories opened one after another around Oji, and it rapidly developed as a major industrial area. Since there were many paper-related factories, Oji became to be called “The Birthplace of Western Paper”. It was Shoushi-Gaisha that initiated the development.
In this exhibition, we will follow the hardships and challenges of Eiichi Shibusawa, who played a leading role from the establishment of Shoushi-Gaisha to its management and was active as a leader in the modern paper industry, and traces the footsteps left in Oji, Tokyo.