The Ishibashi Cultural Center was donated by honorary citizen Shojiro Ishibashi who founded Bridgestone Corporation in 1956 to his home city Kurume. It is a composite cultural facility with an art museum, music hall, and library, and a vast garden with flowers including roses and camellia blooming in all four seasons. The premise filled with flowers and greenery has been cherished by the citizens as a venue for relaxation and a base of culture and art.
Shojiro's principle behind the donation etched on the main gate says, "For the welfare and happiness of all mankind." It is alive in every corner of the facility even today.
The Ishibashi Cultural Center opened on April 26, 1956. [Facilities donated] Art museum, gymnasium, cultural hall, a 50-meter pool, outdoor music hall, tennis courts, kids amusement park, etc.
An aerial photo (above) of the celebratory event on the opening day.
Opening of the Ishibashi Cultural Hall / Ishibashi Cultural Auditorium.
Launched the amusement park business including tiny cars on the former tennis court site.
Completion of the Japanese Garden (first-phase construction) and the free rest area, Rakusuitei.
The gymnasium was closed for the construction of the public library. The amusement park was closed.
The Kurume Public Library (present Central Library) was opened.
The 50-meter pool was closed.
The Annex of the Ishibashi Museum of Art was opened.
The Ishibashi Cultural Center marked its 50th anniversary.
The camellia garden at Ishibashi Cultural Center was recognized as the "International Camellia Garden of Excellence."
The Ishibashi Cultural Center marked its 60th anniversary on April 26. November 19th. The Kurume City Art Museum and the Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum were opened.
Kurume City Art Museum was opened in November 2016, inheriting over sixty years of history and tradition from the Ishibashi Museum of Art that was inaugurated in 1956. It also has a museum shop inside.
The Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum (public asset) was donated by the Ishibashi Foundation to Kurume City in November 2016, after renovating the Annex of the Ishibashi Museum of Art, and was opened the same time as the Kurume City Art Museum. This memorial museum introduces the transitions of the Ishibashi Cultural Center as a base for art and culture and also introduces Shojiro Ishibashi’s path in life and his character.
The Ishibashi Cultural Hall was completed in 1963. The hall born of the aspiration of Shojiro and his eldest son Kanichiro has earned a solid reputation among many musicians as a hall with superb acoustic effects thanks to the design by NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories.
Ishibashi Cultural Center
Kurume City Art Museum and the Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum