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ABOUT OTSUMA

Educational Philosophy

Mrs. Kotaka Otsuma, the founder of our school, preached and practiced the "nurturing of maternal qualities," the value system by which she lived her life. Even in our modern times, with people seeking diversity and varied lifestyles, the founder's belief in nurturing and deepening the universal value of a "gentle and generous heart" is still an important foundation for girl's education. Our school's motto is "Haji-wo-Shire." (Roughly translated as "appreciate humility" or "develop an understanding of the value of humility".) This urges individuals to examine themselves closely and not get sidetracked from the lofty ideals of human existence. This philosophy encourages students to cultivate independent minds. Our school has a traditional reputation for turning out "good wives and wise mothers." While emphasizing the concept of home-based women whose characters are enhanced with rich, good natures, our motto takes on a new, modern meaning when educating women who drive themselves to become leaders in various fields and industries. Kotaka Otsuma's spirit serves as the guiding force behind our philosophy of education for the new era, prompting women to view the world in new ways, to contribute to peace and harmony and to nurture and develop their own capabilities.
Otsuma School celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2008 and we are excited to continue our mission into the next century. Our targets for action and educational goals are as follows: "To contribute to the realization of a healthy and sustainable society through striving for the enrichment of social capital by fostering truly independent women with minds rich in both refinement and compassion through the systematic promotion of the founding mentality of school founder Kotaka Otsuma in education/research/regional activities in the context of the new era."



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Founder & History

Founder
Our school’s founder, Kotaka Otsuma, was born in Mikawa Village in Sera County, Hiroshima Prefecture, in 1884. (This village has grown to today’s Sera·Cho.) The old village was buried under the Mikawa River Dam, but her house was relocated to the dam's shore to be preserved. Although Kotaka was born in a small mountainous village, she was invited by her old school to teach at the young age of 17. She later went to Tokyo to continue her studies and eventually became a primary school teacher in Kamakura. Her passion for education continued, and after she was married to Mr. Ryoma Otsuma, she opened a small home academy at the age of 24. Until her death in 1970, she dedicated her entire 85 years of life to the promotion of women’s education. For her devoted service, Mrs. Otsuma was decorated with the Medal with Blue Ribbon and the Order of the Precious Crown, Butterfly and was further decorated posthumously with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star.
In 2002, Kozan·Cho (today’s Sera·Cho) presented the Honorable Citizen’s Award to Mrs. Kotaka Otsuma.


History

1908 Founder Kotaka Otsuma established a private academy in Kioi-Cho, Tokyo, to provide instruction in needlework and handicrafts
1929 Otsuma Gakuin was granted authorization as an incorporated foundation. Kotaka Otsuma took office as President of Otsuma Gakuin.
1947 Under the New School Education Law, Otsuma Junior & Senior High School was granted authorization for setting up a school.
1951 The Otsuma Gakuin Incorporated Foundaation was re-organized into Otsuma Gakuin Educational Institution.
1952 Kotaka Otsuma was inaugurated as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Otsuma Gakuin.
1953 New school banner and school song were established.
1958 Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Founding Otsuma Gakuin
1961 Kotaka Otsuma took posts as President of Otsuma Women’s University and as Principal of Otsuma Junior & Senior High School.
1992 The Completion of the New Otsuma Auditorium
2004 The New Building of Otsuma Junior & Senior High School had been completed.
2008 Celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Founding Otsuma Gakuin

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A Message from the Principal


Message from the Principal

We, members of Otsuma which has a long history and brilliant tradition, have a mission toward our society. This mission is to bring up our students to be leaders of Global society. We educate them to meditate upon their own mind and to find out their specific abilities and capabilities, and to flourish them.
So we can see this educational spirit within the six characters of “ OTSUMA”.
 
Obligation to Truth
Sustainability for
Universe
Morals with
Ambition
 
Otsuma students have to pursue the truth of the Universe. We sincerely hope the sustainability of our Earth and the Universe. As a tiny life and a mortal being, each of us genuinely longs for the peace and the prosperity of the world. We do our best for it.
 
We carefully nurture our every student to have a spirit of breaking through the hard circumstances and going through the dark labyrinth to their shinning goal, just like Princess Ariadone, who gives a golden thread to Theseus and leads him from the labyrinth to outside the world in Greek mythology. Our school emblem is a spool, which reels out a thread leading each of our students to her own great future.


Misako Inoue

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