Tokyo University (Tokyo Daigaku)
The bubbling amber water here contains minerals said to cure ailments. Ancient leaves that work their way up the pipes into the tub are...
Tōshōgū, like its counterpart in Nikkō, is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, who unified Japan. The shrine, resplendent in gold leaf and...
Take a stroll down the causeway leading to the island on which Benten-dō stands. The temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the Buddhist...
In an updated Meiji-era house, delectable skewers of kushiage (fried meat, fish and vegetables) are counterbalanced by small,...
Tokyo University (Tokyo Daigaku) information
Most kids in Japan dream of gaining admission to Tokyo University, Japan’s most prestigious institution of higher learning. As with the Ivy League colleges and Oxbridge in the US and UK, admission here practically assures later admission to the halls of power in both business and government. With that in mind, high-school students spend years studying at home and in cram schools for Tōdai’s rigorous admission exam. The campus itself is not beautiful, but does hold historical interest. In 1968–69 Tōdai became the centre of a national crisis when students thrice took over the main administrative building, Yasuda Hall, ousting the school’s president and other administrators before finally being ousted themselves. In order to make an example of the students, police employed tear gas as well as blasting the students’ stronghold with fire hoses on national TV in what came to be called the battle of Yasuda castle. Today, students at Tōdai are a bit more tame, and have a reputation among the Japanese as being somewhat conservative, stodgy and eccentric in comparison to other university students. Regardless of their disposition, standing among the hallowed halls of Japan’s top university is a memorable experience, even if only to rub shoulders with the future Japanese elite.