History

Hiroshima Jogakuin University Celebrates Its 130th Anniversary in 2016

Hiroshima Jogakkai was founded in 1886 by Rev. Teikichi Sunamoto, a devout Christian with a strong desire to develop women’s education in his hometown of Hiroshima. The following year, a 27-year-old American missionary, Miss Nannie B. Gaines, was invited to be the first principal of what would become the first school for women’s education in Hiroshima. Through the years, the school faced many difficulties—Japanese government policy toward the separation of education and religion, the accidental burning of several school buildings, the disruption of World War II, and the tragedy of the atomic bombing. Through its foundation based on Christian principles of faith and prayer, Hiroshima Jogakuin has overcome many struggles, strong in its belief that it would never be defeated by any difficulty or disaster.

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