The roots of public education in Japan

Shizutani School

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One of the most elegant cluster of buildings in Okayama, if not in all of Japan, the Shizutani School is an educational institute and nationally recognized historic site.

Completed in 1701, Shizutani was the first school opened to common people in Japan.This was set in motion by Lord Mitsumasa Ikeda, who as a devotee of Confucius, believed in the merits of equal education.

Prior to the founding of the Shizutani School, only children from noble families would have received an education, and temples were the principal sources of learning.

Today, the former school is a learning center that is a yearly retreat for first year junior high school students throughout the region. As part of the curriculum, they engage in activities which foster the belief that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

As a tourist attraction, the massive main hall with its reddish-brown Bizenyaki roof tiles is a favorite. The grounds are expansive and peaceful, complete with a pond full of ornamental carp.

Shizutani School is open to visitors throughout the year with the exception of the New Year holiday.

Access: Take the JR Sanyo Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Yoshinaga Station.Take a 10 minute taxi to Shizutani School.


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