Shibusawa's words in a picture book May 10th, 15:05

Eiichi Shibusawa, a businessman who has been involved in the establishment and development of about 500 companies and is called the "father of the modern Japanese economy."

I think there are many people who are interested in becoming the main character of the taiga drama "Seiten wo Tsuketsu".

Using the words left by Eiichi Shibusawa, a new picture book was completed to learn the history and role of money.

We interviewed the creator's thoughts in the picture book, where Eiichi's thoughts are alive.

(Takamatsu Broadcasting Station reporter Aoi Taniguchi)

The words of Eiichi Shibusawa become a picture book

This is a picture book completed in March.

The title is "What's wrong?"

The cute illustrations convey the importance of money while quoting the words of Eiichi Shibusawa.

Eiichi, the predecessor of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who was the first president of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was selected as a portrait of a new 10,000-yen bill, and he wanted many people to know about Eiichi. The Chamber of Commerce Youth Club planned the production of a picture book.

22,000 copies have been published and donated to libraries and elementary schools around the world.

“The boys in this illustration look like their sons,” says Ken Shibusawa, chairman of the investment trust company that supervised the picture book, smiling while looking at the picture book.

This is the grandson of Eiichi Shibusawa's grandson, Yashago.

Next to him, "If the children who read this grow up, I wonder if it will be the second Eiichi Shibusawa," says Sae Okada, a picture book writer in Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture, who was in charge of the picture book production.

The picture book production, which started in October last year, has been carried out by Ken-san breaking down Eiichi's ideas and explaining them, and Okada-san expressing them in an easy-to-understand manner.

In fact, Ken said he had always wanted to write a picture book for children, but he wasn't confident in drawing.

It is said that he put a lot of effort into his first challenge.

Mr. Shibusawa

"It is possible to express simple things difficult, but it is quite difficult to convey difficult things easily. At the request of the picture book supervision, I thought it was quite challenging, but to convey the essence of money correctly I thought it was a good idea for Eiichi Shibusawa to appear. "

Mr. Okada says that he proceeded with the production while feeling the difficulty of expressing the words left by Eiichi with illustrations.

Mr. Okada

"I can't draw a picture unless I understand the meaning of Eiichi Shibusawa's words, so I read Eiichi's book" Theory and Arithmetic ". I made it while thinking that it would be transmitted to children. I wanted to create a picture book that can express the fact that money, people, and society all circulate in a straight ball. "

"Collect well and scatter well"

"Collect well and scatter well."

--- This famous word of Eiichi Shibusawa is expressed by boys and apples.

The boy was the owner of the company, the apple was the money, and the apple was monopolized. As a result, the boy broke his stomach.

He expressed that the monopoly of profits by the management does not lead to his own happiness.

Mr. Shibusawa

"The teaching of Eiichi Shibusawa," Collect well and disperse well, "simply tells you to spend money not only for yourself but also for everyone. Think only about yourself. Instead, the idea is to create a more prosperous society with the power of the private sector. Through Eiichi's words, I would like you to reconfirm what is natural in a sense. "

"Money = Thank you cycle"

"Money is a cycle of" thank you ""

--- This idea of ​​Eiichi was drawn with the child who helped receive pocket money with the words "thank you" from his mother.

Eiichi's idea of ​​money circulation is inseparable from "thank you."

This is what Ken-san wanted to convey the most.

Mr. Shibusawa:

"Money is something that goes around in the world and comes to you, and in that cycle, someone is always working there, and someone says thank you very much. That chain. think"

"Each drop of drops will eventually become a big river."

"Each drop of drops will eventually become a big river."

--- I drew this word as it is.

In the sense that greater things can be achieved by combining the strength and money of each person, we express that increasing "thank you" will lead to a brighter future.

Mr. Shibusawa

"You can't help by yourself, or even if everyone has a small amount of money, if you donate it, you can help with everyone. Me = not just yourself, We = money with us. Children who read the picture book will notice that they can do various things with this. Mr. Okada expressed it very well here. "

Mr. Okada

"By having


Ken Shibusawa supervise, I have created something that I think I can express in such an easy-to-understand manner. Instead of being swayed by money, I use it properly and understand it. I want to say that it will lead to the creation of a bright and prosperous society together. "

Words of Eiichi Shibusawa spreading all over the country

Eiichi's words newly picked up by Ken and Okada.

In the form of picture books, it is now spreading all over the country.

Ken and Okada said they would like to use it for financial education at school and have children pick it up at the library.

Mr. Shibusawa

"I express the words that Eiichi Shibusawa said 150 years ago in different words in this era. However, Eiichi himself was able to express the heart that Eiichi had in the form of a picture book. I think I'm very pleased. I think that each person's thoughts are directed in the same direction to realize a richer world. Perhaps this era is seeking such things and I feel that Eiichi is being recalled. I think that there is a message here that says, "Aim for a better future, tomorrow," so I would like parents and children to read this book. "

An opportunity to learn about Eiichi Shibusawa's "thoughts"

"I'm making a picture book for Eiichi Shibusawa now."

The reason for the interview was Mr. Okada's words that I heard during another interview.

I had the impression that Eiichi Shibusawa was a "historical person" that I learned from a textbook, but it was a time when I was beginning to feel familiar with him, such as being selected as a portrait on a 10,000-yen bill and being picked up by the main character of a taiga drama. Because of that, I was curious about what kind of picture book I was making.

As I proceeded with the interview, I learned from Eiichi's Yashago Ken-san about the character of Eiichi and the meaning of the words he left behind, and the words more than 100 years ago convey important ideas that are still relevant today. I realized that.

My favorite is "Every drop of drops will eventually become a big river."

It means that you can achieve big things by combining the power of each person, and I think it is a word that should be remembered not only in the economy but also in various situations.

Picture books are not for sale and are not sold, but they are donated to elementary schools and libraries nationwide, so please pick them up and feel the words of Eiichi Shibusawa.

Takamatsu Broadcasting Station Reporter

Ao Taniguchi

Joined the station in

2016 In charge of economy and culture as a troupe