Philosopher Toten Miyazaki and Waseda’s Chinese students

From Waseda Campus: January 17, 2016

 

Writings of Toten Miyazaki

 

Documents from the Waseda University Archives

 

Waseda University is hosting an exhibition that traces the relationship between Japanese philosopher Toten Miyazaki and Chinese international students that came to Waseda shortly before and during the Xinhai Revolution. The exhibition is being held in the125th Memorial Room of Okuma Memorial Tower located on Waseda Campus.

Many Chinese citizens fled their country to study in Japan leading up to the Xinhai Revolution in 1911. Toten Miyazaki’s (1870-1922) interaction and tremendous support for the students and the revolution is well known.

Waseda University’s (then Tokyo College) first Chinese students enrolled in 1899. Shortly after in 1905, Waseda established the School for Chinese Students. Many Chinese students visited Miyazaki’s home where they interacted with the philosopher and classmates. Miyazaki has strong ties to Waseda. In addition to attending the university, his granddaughter’s husband served as professor at the School of Science and Engineering.

Waseda is hosting this exhibition, which features various historical materials preserved by the university, to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the School for Chinese Students. The materials on display include documents from the Miyazaki family that reference distinguished figures such as Sun Yat-sen, as well as other invaluable documents from the university that shed light on the life of Chinese students that came to Waseda during this turbulent time in history.

The exhibition will be held until February 26 so please stop by when you have time.

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