What is Sanno Sodo Memorial Museum?
Tokutomi Soho is the person who published Japan's first comprehensive magazine "The Nation's Friend" and subsequently the "Kokumin Shinbun".Soho's masterpiece "Modern Japanese National History" was started in 1918 (Taisho 7) at the age of 56 and completed in 1952 (Showa 27) at the age of 90.More than half of the 100 volumes were written during the Omori Sanno period.Soho moved to this area in 1924 (Taisho 13), and lived under the name of Sanno Sosudo until he moved to Atami Izusan in 1943 (Showa 18).Inside the residence, there was a Seikido Bunko, which has 10 Japanese and Chinese books collected by Soho.
The Sanno Sodo Memorial Museum was opened in April 1986 (Showa 61) after Ota Ward took over the former residence of Suho from Shizuoka Shimbun in 1988 (Showa 63).
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Tokutomi Soho and Catalpa
The Japanese name for the catalpa tree in the park is American Catalpa ovata.It is a tree related to Joseph Hardy Neesima, the lifelong teacher of Soho and the founder of Doshisha University.It is still carefully preserved as a venerable tree that symbolizes the love of the two masters and pupils, and every May and June, it bears fragrant bell-shaped white flowers.
Tokutomi Soho Abbreviation Yearbook
|1863 (Fumihisa 3)||Born on January 1 (March 25th of the new calendar) in Sugido Village, Kamimashiki District, Kumamoto Prefecture, in the village of Mother Hisako.|
|1876 (Meiji 9)||Moved to Tokyo to become a newspaper reporter.Entered Tokyo English School (formerly the first high school) and later moved to Doshisha English School.|
|1882 (Meiji 15)||March 3th Oe Gijuku opens.|
|1884 (Meiji 17)||Welcoming Mrs. Shizuko.|
|1886 (Meiji 19)||Published "Future Japan".Oe Gijuku closed and the whole family moved to Tokyo.|
|1887 (Meiji 20)||Founded Minyusha and published "Nation's Friends".It is called Soho.|
|1890 (Meiji 23)||First issue of "Kokumin Shinbun", president and chief editor.|
|1896 (Meiji 29)||Visited Tolstoy, traveling around Europe with Eigo Fukai.|
|1911 (Meiji 44)||Selected as a member of the House of Lords.|
|1918 (Taisho 7)||Contributed to the first volume of Japanese national history in the early modern period.|
|1924 (Taisho 13)||Sanno Kusado was completed.The family moves here.|
|1925 (Taisho 14)||Member of the Imperial Academy.|
|1929 (Showa 4)||Leave the Kokumin Shinbun company.Became a guest of honor of Daigo Tohnichi (Mainichi Shimbun).|
|1937 (Showa 12)||Became a member of the Imperial Academy of Arts.|
|1943 (Showa 18)||Received the Order of Culture and moved to Atami Izusan Yoseidou.|
|1945 (Showa 20)||With the end of the war, he declined all public office and honor.|
|1952 (Showa 27)||Completed the draft of the 100th volume of National History.|
|1954 (Showa 29)||Became an honorary citizen of Minamata City and an honorary citizen of Kumamoto City.|
|1957 (Showa 32)||He passed away on November 11 at Atami Izusan Yoseidou.|