夏目礎石先生Natsume Soseki Sensei

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Natsume Soseki had majored in English at Tokyo University, the foremost Imperial University of Japan and taught English language and composition at a time when Japan had only just opened up to the West.

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Natsume Soseki pictured with his students at the Fifth High School.

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Soseki taught at the Fifth High School in Kumamoto, one of the elite educational institutions during the Meiji Era, from 1896 until the turn of the century during which time he was sent to England to conduct research by the government.

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The Fifth High School as it had been during Soseki’s time as an instructor here.

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The Fifth High School, now known as Kumamoto University, as it appears today in 2014.

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Kumadai entrance

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The Fifth High School has been restored and is maintained near to its original condition.

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The main classroom building, which was constructed in 1890, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property.

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The classroom as it had been in the early days.

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The hallway of the main classroom building.

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After four and a half years living and working in Kumamoto, Soseki was sent to England to research the English language.  His wife and child remained in Japan during this time.

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Soseki pictured with the teaching staff.

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The years Soseki spent in London, England, was a time of great solitude, emotional turbulence and loneliness.  After two years abroad, Soseki returned home and was appointed an instructor at Tokyo Imperial University and the First High School.

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For the following five years, Soseki taught English but resigned his teaching positions to become a full-time fiction writer.

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It was not long after his first novels were published that Soseki came to be recognized as one of the most widely read writers of Japan.

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References:

Memorial Museum of the Fifth High School, Kumamoto University.

Natsume Soseki Museum, Kumamoto.

 

 

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