Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin

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Vision and Mission
School Motto
Graduate School
A University Responding to Society's Needs
Junior High School, Senior High School
Primary School
Toyo Eiwa Yochien
Kaede Yochien

In Azabu Toriizaka, Tokyo, in 1884, Toyo Eiwa Jogakko was opened by Martha J. Cartmell, a missionary sent by the Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Church of Canada (currently the United Church of Canada).
Overcoming many difficulties, such as a backlash against Europeanism, the rise of nationalism and other pressures during World War II, our school has still been standing true to the purpose of its founders and teaching in the Christian spirit. Toyo Eiwa, which started with two students, currently has a total enrollment of nearly 3,830 students.

Toyo Eiwa Jogakko in the Taisho Era The school building designed by W.M.Vories (Competed in 1933)
Toyo Eiwa Jogakko in the 1910s
A western-style cooking class in the Meiji Era
A Western-style cooking class in the 1900s The school building designed by W. M. Vories (Completed in 1933)
Toyo Eiwa Kindergarten in the early Showa Era Miss Hamilton, the final Canadian missionary to serve as headmistress, together with students (1938).
Toyo Eiwa Kindergarten in the 1930s Miss Hamilton, the final Canadian missionary to serve as headmistress, together with students (1938).
The school emblem The school anthem
The school emblem The school anthem

"After the rain, we see a rainbow. Let's believe in the rainbow blessing," Isabella S. Blackmore encouraged her students and colleagues after the school building frames collapsed twice as a result of storm damage

1863 - 1942
Serving as the principal four times, Miss Blackmore held office for forty years. She educated the girls based on Puritan religious ideas, and her educational motto was "Freedom lies in strictness." Navigating the crisis in Christian education caused by the 1899 announcement of the Ministry of Education, she reorganized and developed the school. When Toyo Eiwa Collegiate Department was affiliated with Tokyo Woman's Christian University, she became Chair of the Board of the university. Moreover, she took on heavy responsibilities for both the Nagasaka Orphanage and the Kobokan Settlement. She also strived for the expansion and practice of social work.

Sumi Oe

Wataru Nagano

“Even old traditions become meaningless if they are simply conceptualized, stereotyped, ideological notions. No meaning or significance can be found in priding ourselves on traditions unless they are living traditions, which have always followed a path of constant active advancement. The important thing is that judgment of value can be given as to whether or not those traditions inherently contain some kind of thoroughly consistent and immovable spirit that forms their backbone.”

Mr. Wataru Nagano was appointed as a science teacher at Toyo Eiwa Jogakko in 1933. During the harsh conditions of the wartime period, he acted as the de facto head of the girls’ school after the female Canadian missionaries returned to Canada. After the end of World War II, he served for 25 years as chancellor, working for the recovery of the school, expanding its grounds, and carving out the road for the development of Toyo Eiwa into a comprehensive educational institution. He loved Lake Nojiri, and worked hard towards the postwar reconstruction of the Nojiri Campsite.

Hanako Muraoka

"Education is not merely to transmit knowledge, but also to cultivate sensitivity of the joy in contemplation of creation and the mental exertion this requires, as well as the quest for knowledge. I felt this keenly even at the early age of twenty. What I learned in my school days in Azabu is indelibly imprinted in my mind."

1893 - 1968
Graduated from Toyo Eiwa Jogakko in 1913.
While in school, Hanako Muraoka was introduced to Nobutsuna Sasaki, a leading poet, by her classmate, Byakuren Yanagihara. Among his followers, she met Hiroko Katayama, a graduate of Toyo Eiwa, who influenced her enormously in literary and spiritual matters. After the war, she successively filled various positions both on government boards and in cultural organizations. Besides a collection of fairy tales titled Tampopo no Meshe published many books, including the translations of the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery.

1884 Toyo Eiwa Jogakko was founded in Azabu Toriizaka (now Roppongi), Tokyo.
1888 Toyo Eiwa Primary School was opened.
1905 Mission Training School for Kindergarten Teachers started with student teaching at Baika Kindergarten in Ueda, Nagano.
1914 Opened Toyo Eiwa Kindergarten.
1919 Mission Training School for Kindergarten Teachers was moved to Tokyo and became a department of Toyo Eiwa Jogakko.
1927 The school emblem and students' uniform were made official.
1928 The school motto, "Reverence and Service" and the school banner were finalized.
1934 Celebrated the 50th anniversary and established the school anthem.
1945 Changed its school name to Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin.
1947 Postwar educational reforms brought the 6-3-3 school system to Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin.
1950 Opened the Child Education Department of Toyo Eiwa Junior College.
1954 Opened the English Department of the Junior College.
1959 Built the off-campus facilities in Karuizawa, Nagano.
1970 Rebuilt the off-campus facilities by Lake Nojiri, Nagano.
1973 The Junior College opened Kaede Kindergarten.
1984 Celebration of the 100th anniversary
1986 The Junior College moved to Yokohama and opened the International Liberal Arts Department.
1989 Opened Toyo Eiwa University at the Yokohama Campus and established the Faculty of Humanities.
1993 The evening Graduate School was opened at the Roppongi Campus.
1995 The University faculties were reorganized into the Faculty of Human Sciences and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
1997 The Center for Continuing Education was opened at the Yokohama Campus.
1998 The Junior College was closed.
2014 Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Toyo Eiwa Kindergaten
2019 Celebration of the 135th anniversary
Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the University