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7.TARICII 22, 1 )2- ,

SUNDAY, MARCh 22, l~25

Japan's Imperial University at Tokyo
Life at the Non-Co-educatonal Institutions of Old Japan-Habits and Customs of
the Rising Generation There as Compared With Our Own


Students from all parts of Asia as-
sen:ble each April in Tokyo to attend
the Universities for which Japan is
famous. Tokyo-is one of the world's
great capitals, so these students find
much to interest thes in the evidence
of culture and wealth which they find
on eery hand. After graduation,
they return home with a liberal edu-
cation and the ambition to do things
in a big, progressive way, as Tokyo
Examinations are held once a year
in most departments of the Imperial
University of Tokyo, although medical
students have only two examinations
in their four-year course. A campus
saying is that the best students begin
preparing for their examination with
the pine and bamboo, the second best
with the plum blossoms, and the third
best with the cherry blossoms. The
pine and bamboo are used as New
Year's decorations, while the blossoms
of the plum and cherry appear respec-
tively in mid-February and in April.
There are no Greek lettier social!
fraternities in Japan. ' Fraternity
house life therefore is unknown. In
its place there are some clubs of small
groups of students. For instance,.
the students of one prefecture of the
county sometimes live in one house
There are other groups of studentt
who live in certain boarding hois&e.
at a lower cost, because former stu-
dent boarders in those houses have
created an endowment fund as food'
subsidy to selected congenial souls.
There is only one large dormitory at
the Imperial University in Tokyo and.
that is the one of the American,;
Young Men's Christian Association
and occupies a foreign-style building
Virtually all other student lodging:"
are supplied by the typical two-stor3
Japanese frame houses having door::
and windows made of glazed paper
There are from twenty to forty room.,
in these boarding houses.
A large portion of these boardinf.
houses 'are within easy walking dis-3
tance of the university and students
take their tiffins there as well as theil
other meals. Many students, however
live with their parents, with relatives
or in boarding houses in distant part<
of the city and cone to school on th,
trams. Few come to school regularly
In rikishas because of the expense in-
With their note books, many carry
their lunches in a wooden or meta
box. At neon, these students assem
ble in meeting rooms at the university
Here they are supplied with free ter
and chopsticks. This is the full ex
tent to which the commons go there
In Japan, tea is as plentiful as ice
water in America. For those living a
a distance who do not bring lunches
there is plenty of opportunity fo
getting tasty food at the restaurant
which are found at the rate of fror
one to three to the block in the in,,
mediate neighborhood of the schoo-
A mortar board top distinguishe
the black cap of the Japanese student
Tn other respects the cap has a mili-
tary swing. New students have new
caps, but the veterans are proud of

volcano, the evenly flowing Iaxa v as,
made it once shaped and it makesi
P~l~lIG'i. beautiful picture when speen fronm
the deck of a steamer entering Yoko-,
-lazing without employing some physical torture is almost be- hama harbor ate a voyage from San
yond the ken of American students, but from the Imperial liniver- Stdnssatteicibatrds
sity of Tokyo, Japan, comes the story of just such mental punishment. Stuents start th r clle after ds-
To those who are accustomed to deal with paddles, prayers for rain tn-ba-rvillage called hotote
and other similar devices, the Japanese method must seem tame, but
to students there the painless hazing has fully as much meaning. iountain. This village is left early
Restaurants are the scenes of this painless hazing. A group of e morning and the summit reach-
freshmen, having planned a dinner at the tavern arrive to find their ed at sunset or it is left at sunset.
plees filled by a group of sophomores, demanding to be served first nd the climbers reach the top in time
ov ing to their greater age in the institution. The meal is pur- to see the sun rise.
posely prolonged/ by the sophomores, to the disgruntlement of the A guide is pushed ahead to carry
yearlings who must wait without until their lords and masters have the food and blankets and to lead the
finished eating. way. There is a constant stream of
And as for co-education-it exists in a restricted manner. The pilgrims-fcr it is a pilgrimage for
woman who attends Japan's leading university must go merely as a visitors from all parts of Japan----and
visitor, and is barred from regular enrollment or from taking examina- therefore it is not difficult to keep on
tions. Their's is a lot similar to that supposed to afflict Michigan. . . . the path in the earlier stages.
Before the goal is reacl ed. stops
are made at each of the little tea
of the great sleeves. In the College of With the rapid growth of co-educa- house stations along the path which
Law the kimono is seen often, but in tional colleges in America, the ques- zigzags up the mountainside. Even
the College of Medicine seldom. tion may be on some minds as to with weary legs rested at these sta-
French lessons in the College of whether the same trend exists in tions, the going becomes harder and
Literature begin at seven in the morn- Japan. There are some women who ! harder. When the top is neared, the
ing, as they are taken by students attend the Imperial University in rarety of the atmosphere prevents
from several of the colleges. Most Tokyo, but they virtually all do so as many from going ahead. Exertion
courses, however, have the first lec- hearers, not as enrolled students. becomes greater on even a compara-
ture hour at 8 o'clock. Between lec- They attend classes and take notes, tively slight grade. Those who reach
tures, the students study in the gener- but are not entitled to take examina- the top and are able to walk around
al library, on the campus, or at near- tions. They are chiefly in the Col- the edge of the crater are likely to be
by lodgings, or else play tennis. Sat- leges of Law and of Literature. The light-headed and finish up by sitting
urday is a half holiday, Sunday being Imperial University at Sendai has in a half-daze for some- time before
the only full holiday. }graduated two women students, one regaining their poise. From the top
Saturday is the night off for most of whom, Miss Umeko Tange, who the sunrise is exquisite, providing
students. This is the evening on specialized in chemistry, is now study- clouds do not obscure its wonders.
which they may take in the city. The ing in New York City for her Ph.D. Then comes the descent. This is
restaurants on the main street or in Girls do not enter much into the made ]down a wide roadway of deep
the neighborhood of Asakusa Parki life of university students outside of ashes. In a few minutes one can
offer a pleasant break in the week's j class hours. True, young women cover as much ground, by runs and
routine. At the street door, shoes sometimes are in the audiences at long jumps, as was gained in an hour
come off and the students climb in concerts and evening lectures given On the upgrade. "Never again" is thej
their stiff cotton socks to the second at the University. But calls upon oath swo rn at Ihe foot ot Fuji, but
floor, where the restaurant encircles young women in the evenings and on when home is r eached and questions
a small garden of court. I Sundays are almost unknown. This come fast, the pictulre is a mor
The gayest of all times for the stu- is true also of strolls in the parks. heroic and glorious one. And next
dent, as for the Japanese nation comes When the men students stroll, they year, the .pilgrim with his wide straw
at New Year's and in the cherry blos- stroll together. Dancing with men hat, with its peak and cord to tie it
som season. The first comes before and women as partners is almost un- on; with the several pairs of straw
examinations haunt the conscience. known in Japan outside the cosmopol- sandals he will weak oqt on the ascent,
The fruitless cherry trees, when in itan hotels and clubs chiefly fre- and with his big Alpine stick, is back
bloom, make all nature gay, although quented by tuxedoed Britons and am- again for hi ;o at the climb. Only in
the air is hazy and the sun seldom bitious soaring Americans, who think .July and August is this permitted, as
Shines brilliantly. Everyone is in a they are sitting on top of the world. the winds which whip the mountain-
holiday mood. The youths, with At dinner young men and women are side make the ascent overhazardous
gaily colored handkerchiefs worn seldom together. in the other ten months.
about their heads run, jump, and Judo, as ju jtsu is called in Japan, ]Xlt. Asama, in northern Japan, is an
romp with the joy of living. Wearing is one of the chief forms cf manly active volcano which is often clinbed
Kmonos, they may even indulge in a exercises taught at the university. In by students in summer. Its surface
ittle sake, or Japanese brandy, with- the judo hall will be seen students is such that with each two steps for-;
ut encouraging the displeasure of clad in padded gymnasium suits and ward, the climber slips back one step.
Sword-clicking gendarmes. with bare feet. With right hand It is a steep mountain, too, and the
The Sumida River flows through grasping the front fold of the coat summit is reached with exultation,'
rokyo and into it empty many boat- and right instep pressed against the Here it is necessary not to remain
aden canals. In a stretch of the I ankle of an opponent, the aggressor on the side over which the sulphurous
3umida overlooked by the wrestlers'! downs his opponent with one of the fumes are being blown, as they are
'avilion and not far distant from the first leverage lessons taught in judo. quick to take life. Many students
Imperial University, the boat racesi NeWs accounts state that Mayor Goto have lost their lives on Mt. Asama inI
re held. The different colleges in i of Tokyo recently has named one of lava eruptions or from the fumes.
he various universities have boats the greatest judo experts in Japan as Karuizawa, the popular summer re-
intered in the school race, which is his bodyguard, because of the threats sort of the foreign colonists, also of-
ine of the big events of cherry blos- against his life which he has received. fers a summer home to many univer-
om season. The race is watched Fencing, with bamboo rods as sity professors and students. 1-lere,
'rom boats or from the tea' houses swords, also is a favorite sport as it too, American and British mission-
vhich line the banks. takes great skill of hand and eye to aries pass their summer holiday
Restaurants are the scenes in which be successful in these duels. Fencing while their Japanese assistants look
painless hazings are laid. A group is intimately associated with student after their fnissions and thus get good
of Freshmen of Senshu University #n [life in Japan and an expert fencer en- training.
Tokyo plan a dinner in dead secrecy. joys high respect from his fellow stu- With the middle of September, the
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To enjoy it, you will need some outdoor goods, such as
baseballs from 25c to $2.00. Indoor balls, 50c to $2.00.
Tennis balls,. fielders' gloves, catchers' gloves, baseball bats,
25c to $1.50. Golf balls, 50c and 75c.
Target Rifles, Air Rifles and Shot Guns.
Boy Scout Equipment,
Few nickel plated ball-bearing roller skates, $2,25. Scooters,
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A S . eUb, .1 s b UC t) f Joe lU1 e Vk '.1tanon u a ar 'eua t) *A l, I.
clings to the rakish black hat he has istance. A few minutes before the All field games are plaed. Discus
worn these last five years. freshmen arrive, a group of sopho- throwing and jumping, sprinting and
One row of five brass buttons dec- mores enter and ask to be served. pole vaulting have a part on all field
orates the front of the black uniform. I They tell the waitresses that they are clay programs. Japanese youths excel
On each button is the Chinese charac- of higher station than the other at marathons and cross country runs.
ter "Dai" surrounded by a wreath of diners, and that they should be com- Baseball is catching on rapidly, ow-
cherry blossoms. The "Dai" stands pletely served before the freshmen ing largely to the winter visits of
for "Saigaku" meaning "university," have a bite. It takes a long time for American baseball players. Each uni-
and the students are inordinately the sophomores to eat and so they versity has its soccer football team.
proud of these buttons. Wearing of haze the freshmen without speaking a This year the round ball has been
these uniforms is compulsory only on word to them or laying hands on them. superseded by the oval shaped pig-
a few formal occasions. however, a Of course the inn owner is in on the skin. But it is in tennis that the aver-
great proportion of the students wea, game. Suppose the freshmen sing age student finds greatest delight, for
them out of preference year in and to while TWay the time before dinner. he can fill in an hour between classes
year out, as they like to be known as I The sophomores drown them out by with a swift game and continue the
college men, when they go about town. singing out of tune or giving yells. day with reawakened energy.
A minority of the students attend After one of these evenings, the The chief mecca of students in sum-
class in kimonos, although almost no freshmen may be out of humor, but mer li Mt. Fuji. This is the most
laboratory work is done in the nation- they have no physical disabilities to beautiful and most beloved mountain
al dress, because of the inconvenience show for their hazing. in the Japanese Empire. Formerly a

student's vacation ends. Back to
school he wends his way, with his
mind full of recollections of the beau-
tiful scenery with which Japan f
abounds, and which is seen to best
advantage when sellool responsibili-
ties are out of mind.
(Copyright 1924 by C. S. Haight, Jr.)



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