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Kaichi Gakkou Interiors

Posted in Places by tokyobling on June 16, 2010

Yesterday I showed you the outside of the Kaichi Gakkou in Matsumoto City, and here are some shots of the interiors. It looks strangely similar to some of the older schools we have in Europe. Built by Seijiu Tateishi between 1873 and 1876. It was in use until 1963 when it was moved from its original location to its present spot near Matsumoto Castle. Today it is used as a museum of education and has quite a few interesting items. Unfortunately apart from a thin pamphlet there is nothing at all in English so make sure your Meiji period Japanese is up to scratch or bring a friends who is good at reading the older type scripts. The item I found most touching was a student’s graduation speech: children of poor parents were expected to stay with noble families to learn skills such as housekeeping and cooking while taking care of their master’s children. Some families sponsored these servant children to attend school and I can only imagine what it must have been like to grow up in a situation like that. The speech is both depressing and heart warming, depending on how you read it. At least the poor children had a chance to get a little bit of eduction.

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