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Lifelong Learning In My Town

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The lectures were run by the Kichijoji Sonritsu Zatsugaku Daigaku. This unique name meant, 'a learning place created by people who reside in the community of Kichijoji'. The town was developed by the people who escaped from the Meireki fire that occurred in central Tokyo during the Edo period. The school was established for the purpose of appreciating and recognizing the origin of the town and to create a meeting place to foster friendship. The people attending the lectures were mostly men. There were usually about fifteen people in the audience. Time to ask questions were provided after lectures. One of the students, Tatsuzo Murakami, was given a 'Degree in random knowledge' in a special university class of the author. This was a 'Handmade University for the community to enjoy'. The author thought that the university was the ideal for lifelong learning.

Keywords: Handmade University; Kichijoji; leaning place; lifelong learning; Sonritsu Zatsugaku Daigaku



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