Girl Scouts Memorial
Public Art : Girl Scouts Memorial
Also Known As : "Promise" or
the Friendship of American and Japanese Girl Scouts memorial
Sculptor: © K. Muto
Description: The bronze sculpture of three girls was
erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Girl Scouts in Japan.
Date Unveiled: 1963
Location: The Girl Scout memorial is located at
Yamashita Park (near the Little Girl With Red Shoes), 279 Yamashitacho, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023,
History of Girl Scouts in Japan
The Girl Scouts of Japan was founded in 1919 and later became a member of the World Association of
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1952. Muriel Greenstreet, a British missionary teacher, first introduced scouting to
girls in Japanese in 1919 and gave it the name Nihon Joshi Hododan (Girl Guides of Japan). During World War II the
Girl Scouts was banned by the Japanese Government but recommenced in 1947. Two years later the movement was
officially recognised as Girl Scouts of Japan.
Background to the Friendship of American and Japanese Girl Scouts
In 1963, Jean Ince, who was living in the Navy quarters in Yokohama with her husband, came up with
idea of a Girl Scouts Memorial in Yokohama. She brought together the the American Consul General and the
Japanese Governor of Kanagawa prefecture to not only organize a ceremony commemorating the friendship of
American and Japanese Girl Scouts but to also erect the statue.