|Company:||Triple A Partners Japan Co. Ltd. www.tapjapan.net|
|Incorporation Date:||December 6, 2010|
|Representative Director:||Frank Packard|
|Registered Capital:||JPY 14 million|
|Products and Services:||Primary focus on hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, etc. and provision of corporate finance advisory services.|
|Headquarters:||ARK Hills Executive Tower 612, 1-14-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Tel: +81 3-3582-1230
Fax: +81 3-3582-1229
In early 2007 Asia Alternative Asset Partners started a global business based in Hong Kong with a focus on seeding and marketing hedge funds. Soon it re-branded itself as Triple A Partners. In early 2009 Triple A Partners entered Japan with Frank Packard as the local representative.
In December 2010 the company decided to close. Frank Packard founded Triple A Partners Japan to buy the licenses and business activities in Japan.
Since then we expanded our activities and re-branded ourselves as TAP Japan. We increased the capital and spread the ownership among the partners. We focus only on doing business in and out of Japan. We are independently owned and managed by the partners in Japan. We are not seeding fund managers, nor are we affiliated with any other firms named Triple A or TAP.
Some of the oldest currencies in Japan consisted of round bronze coins with square holes in them. The logo of TAP Japan combines the format of ancient money with the tsukubai of Ryōan-ji, a temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Ryōan-ji (Shinjitai: 竜安寺, Kyūjitai: 龍安寺, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. It belongs to the Myōshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism. The temple garden is considered to be one of the finest examples of a kare-sansui, a Japanese rock garden, or zen garden, in Japan.
Ryōan-ji also has a teahouse and tea garden, dating to the 17th century. Near the teahouse is a stone water basin, with water continually flowing for ritual purification. This is the Ryōan-ji tsukubai (蹲踞), which translates literally as “crouch;” because of the low height of the basin, the user must bend over to use it, in a sign of reverence and humility. The kanji written on the surface of the stone are without significance when read alone. If each is read in combination with 口 (kuchi), which the central bowl is meant to represent, then the characters become 吾, 唯, 足, 知. This is read as “ware, tada taru (wo) shiru” and translates literally as “I only know (what is) enough” (吾 = ware = I, 唯 = tada = merely, only, 足 = taru = be sufficient, suffice, be enough, be worth, deserve, 知 = shiru = know).
The meaning of the phrase carved into the top of the tsukubai, “what one has is all one needs”, is meant to reinforce the basic anti-materialistic teachings of Buddhism. There are also possible connections with Daodejing or Tao Te Ching (chapter 33): Those who know contentment are wealthy.
The site of the temple was an estate of the Fujiwara family in the 11th century. The first temple, the Daiju-in, and garden were built in that century by Fujiwara Saneyoshi. In 1450, Hosokawa Katsumoto, another powerful warlord, acquired the land where the temple stood. He built his residence there and founded a zen temple, Ryōan-ji, on the upper part of the territory of the old temple. During the Onin War between the clans, the temple was destroyed. Hosokawa Katsumoto died in 1473. In 1488, his son, Hosokawa Matsumoto, rebuilt the temple, and probably built the rock garden at the same time.