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"The Monument ""Birthplace of Tokyo Moa Gakko and Japan Braille System"" unveiled"

The Monument "Birthplace of Tokyo Moa Gakko and Japan Braille System" unveiled

(2010.11.01)

 

On November 1‚ 2010‚ a monument to commemorate the birthplace of Tokyo Moa Gakko and the Japan Braille system was unveiled at Shijobashi Koen in Tsukiji‚ Tokyo.

This monument was erected using funds collected by alumni‚ former staff‚ and PTA members of Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired and Special Needs Education School for the Deaf‚ University of Tsukuba‚ through fund-raising activity.

130 years have passed since Rakuzen Kai Kunmoin‚ a predecessor of these schools‚ was established in 1880. Kunmoin (a school for the blind) became Kunmoain (a school for the blind and mute) and later Tokyo Moa Gakko [Tokyo Blind and Mute School] in 1887. The Japanese Braille system was invented in 1890 at this school. This year marks 120 years since the Japanese Braille system was invented.

For the alumni and former staff members‚ the erection of this monument is a long-held dream that finally came true.

A total of 120 attendees‚ including the Chuo-ku mayor‚ took part in the ceremony. This was followed by a reception at Tsukiji Shakai Kyoiku Kaikan (Tsukiji Social Education Center).

The monument‚ with an inlaid bronze panel‚ on which a relief of the school and the history of the Japanese Braille are carved‚ was created with the support of staff and students of the Doctoral and Master's Program in Art and Design‚ Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences‚ University of Tsukuba.

We deeply appreciate all of the support and contributions that was given in the erection of this monument.

The monument "Birthplace of Tokyo Moa Gakko and Japan Braille System" erected at Shijobashi Koen
The monument "Birthplace of Tokyo Moa Gakko and Japan Braille System" erected at Shijobashi Koen
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Former Principal Junko Iino addressing the ceremony
Former Principal Junko Iino addressing the ceremony
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Principal Akio Hikita of Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired greetings at the ceremony
Principal Akio Hikita of Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired greetings at the ceremony
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