2017年02月28日

'Ashikaga Gakko' located in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, is Japan's oldest academic institution.

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The exact time of the origin of Ashikaga Gakko is unclear, however a document about this school exists, which reads that a feudal lord of this domain donated many text books, some of them are designated as national treasures, and he appointed a president for the purpose to develop this school at the beginning of the 15th century. It gradually began to appear in various kinds of documents from the middle of the 15th century through the end of the same century, and was introduced to the whole world by Xavier, who was staying in Japan at that time, as one of the most well-known academic institutions with some 3,000 students. Another document, written by a high-ranking Buddhist monk of Kenchoji Temple in Kamakura, reads that even the common people in Asikaga were well-educated, influenced by this school. After the golden age in the 16th century, the educational system of this school, focusing on divination and military science, became out of fashion, and it was closed in 1872.
Most of the present buildings and gardens were restored in 1990 to regain the original aspect.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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