Historic Sites of Hosei University: Ichigaya Campus

June 5, 2014

The cover and detail of an inside page of Historic Sites of Hosei University: Ichigaya Campus. Each noteworthy location is introduced together with a picture and a map.
The cover and detail of an inside page of Historic Sites of Hosei University: Ichigaya Campus. Each noteworthy location is introduced together with a picture and a map.

If you walk down Meidai Street from JR Ochanomizu Station toward Kanda Book Town, you will find a stone monument marking the location of Hosei University’s foundation on the sidewalk beside Kyoundo Hospital. Tokyo Hogakusha (Tokyo School of Law), the predecessor of Hosei University, was established at Ikedasakaue, 19 Kitakoga-cho, Kanda-Surugadai (the present-day location of Surugadai Nihon University Hospital) in 1880. Hosei University started planning the construction of the monument in 2010, the 130th anniversary of its foundation. The monument was completed in May 2011 and erected at its current location, near the location where the university was originally founded.

Among a large number of historic sites and facilities related to Hosei University, the brochure Historic Sites of Hosei University: Ichigaya Campus focuses on historic sites and facilities in the surrounding areas of the Ichigaya Campus. The brochure, made of a single large-sized sheet folded to a handy size, introduces 12 historically important places related to Hosei University, including the aforementioned monument, with pictures and maps.Historic Sites of Hosei University was published in April 2013 as part of Hosei University’s educational project to encourage its students to learn about the university, and was distributed to students taking “Invitation to Study of Hosei University,” a course designed to teach students the history and current situation of the university. The university plans to continue to use the brochure in future university-organized events.

The important places related to Hosei University introduced in the brochure are as follows:

Zoshigaya Cemetery, Gokoku-ji Temple, the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo (the monument commemorating the tree-planting to the memory of Ume Kenjiro and the bronze statue of Furuichi Koi), a monument marking the location of Hosei University’s foundation, Kagurazaka and Institut français du Japon-Tokyo (former Institut franco-japonais de Tokyo), the Ichigaya Campus of Hosei University (the monument to the memory of Ernest Mason Satow, Ouchiyama Garden, etc.), Sotobori Park, Bancho Bunjin Street, Supreme Court Library, the Embassy of the United Mexican States in Japan, the red brick building of the Ministry of Justice (the Ministry of Justice Museum/Message Gallery), Hibiya Park (Hibiya Library & Museum and Matsumotoro restaurant)

Some of the places may be surprising and make you wonder how they are related to Hosei University. Zoshigaya Cemetery, for example, is where the grave of Morita Sohei, a novelist who was Natsume Soseki’s disciple and a professor of the Faculty of Letters at Hosei University in the Taisho and Showa Eras, is located. At Gokoku-ji Temple, there are the graves of Ume Kenjiro, a legal scholar and the first president of Hosei University, and Tomii Masaakira, a former principal and vice-principal of Hosei University. Oe Hiroshi, an architect who laid the foundation of the Faculty of Engineering of Hosei University and designed the buildings of the Ichigaya Campus, mainly the 55’ and 58’ Buildings, took part in the construction of the building of the Embassy of the United Mexican States in Nagata-cho. In the Hibiya Library & Museum located in Hibiya Park, a large-sized panel showing the former first school building of Hosei University is exhibited.

The monument marking the location of Hosei University’s foundation and the monument to the memory of Ernest Mason Satow have also been introduced in the past “Hosei Museum” articles at Hosei University’s official website (Japanese version), and the articles are still available. If you have any questions concerning Historic Sites of Hosei University, please contact the Center for the History of Hosei University, the editor of the brochure. If anyone, including Hosei University students, graduates and the general public, has any information concerning matters historically related to Hosei University, please contact the Center for the History of Hosei University.

Information source: Center for the History of Hosei University

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