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Baron was a Japanese entrepreneur and hotelier.


Baron Kishichiro Okura was son of Okura Kihachiro (1837-1928), an entrepreneur who built up the Okura-gumi and founded the giant Okura Zaibatsu (family owned conglomerate) and the Okura Shogyo Gakko, which later became Tokyo Keizai University (Tokyo University of Economics), in 1949.
Okura studied at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1903 to 1906 but did not graduate. He competed in the first ever car race held at Brooklands in Surrey on July 6, 1907, where he came in second. Okura was also one of the pioneers who introduced the motor car to Japan. He was President of the Imperial Hotel, part of the Okura luxury hotel chain that is still important in Japan today.
Okura Kishichiro was a primary patron in the establishment of the Nihon Ki-in or Japanese Go Association in 1924, where he organized and supported professional go players in Japan following the Meiji Restoration and subsequent ceasing of government support for the four go houses.
He also invented the musical instrument the Okraulo, a type of vertical flute.

See also

  • Kikuchi Dairoku
  • Suematsu Kenchō
  • Inagaki Manjirō
  • Anglo-Japanese relations
  • Japanese students in Britain

External links

  • Reminiscences from the website of the Cambridge & Oxford Society, Tokyo
  • Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan, by Noboru Koyama, translated by Ian Ruxton. Lulu Press, September 2004,
  • La Maison Italienne, musical composition in collaboration with Sekiya Toshiko to welcome the Italian Maestro Adolfo Gandino on his visit to Japan, April 1938

Category:Japanese businesspeople
Category:Japanese expatriates in the United Kingdom
Category:Alumni of Trinity College, Cambridge
Category:1882 births
Category:1963 deaths
Category:Businesspeople from Tokyo
Category:Japanese racing drivers
Category:Japanese racehorse owners and breeders
Category:Japanese art collectors
Category:20th-century businesspeople

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