The home where Eiichi Shibusawa, the “father of modern Japanese capitalism”, was born.
Eiichi Shibusawa was born in 1840 into a wealthy farming family engaged in sericulture, making balls of dried indigo for dyeing, and sale of related products. Even today, Nakanchi has the air of an impressive, wealthy farmhouse equipped with facilities for rearing silkworms. Construction of the present main house was undertaken by the venerable Eiichi's younger sister and her husband in 1895. Attractions such as the room where Eiichi actually stayed when he returned for visits to his hometown are open to the public.
Also known as the "father of Japanese capitalism," Shibusawa was involved in establishing and managing various companies including the First National Bank and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.