Y.M.C.A., Yokohama, c. 1930
From the wiki: “The first YMCA established in Tokyo in 1880 followed by the establishment of the local YMCAs throughout Japan. In 1901, the National Council of City YMCAs of Japan was formed by 4 local YMCAs (Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, and Kobe), and 2 years later, in 1903 the National Council of YMCAs of Japan was formed, merging with the Student YMCAs.
“In 1890 the English School was opened in Tokyo YMCA and after that, in 1917 the first gymnasium and in-door swimming pool were opened in the Tokyo YMCA.
“Ebara Soroku (1842 – 1922) was a samurai of the late Edo period who went on to become an educator and politician in the Meiji Era. Following his combat service at the Battle of Toba-Fushimi during the Boshin War of the Meiji Restoration, he visited the United States. Converting to Christianity in 1877, he was responsible for starting the Numazu Church. Later, Ebara served as chairman of the Tokyo YMCA. Ebara is also remembered as the founder of Azabu High School. In 1890, Ebara was elected to the House of Representatives. In 1912, he was appointed to the House of Peers.”