Departmental Bulletin Paper 実践女子大学図書館蔵 下田歌子自筆日記について(二) 明治二十二年の概要
Findings from Utako Shimoda’s Handwritten Diaries – Property of the Jissen Women’s University Library (2) – Summary of Material in 1889 –

愛甲, 晴美

This is the second part of the report of the survey about Utako Shimoda’s Handwritten Diary. This report introduces the diaries written from January to December, 1889 (Material of Utako Shimoda No. 31). This report makes a survey of Shimoda’s behavior from the diaries and explains about some important events. The diaries were written almost every day from January 1st to December 31st except some days when she was sick or busy. The same as in the diaries in 1888, there is little description of personal thoughts and we can read them as the record of Shimoda’s behavior. In January, 1889, the Imperial Palace moved from Akasaka Temporary Palace to new palace. In February, the promulgation ceremony of the Constitution of the Empire of Japan was held and Shimoda attended this ceremony. In July, Peer Women’s School moved from Yotsuya-nakamachi,Yotsuya-ku to Nagata-cho, Kojimachi-ku. The graduation ceremony was held just after the move and four students graduated the regular course; they were the first graduate students. Umeko Tsuda, who was a professor of Peer Women’s School, departed to study abroad in the United States of America in this month. In August, the regulation of the Peer Women’s School was revised. In September, Shimoda moved to the official residence in Nagata-cho. Shimoda lost two of her pupils in this year: Taneko Takashima, who was the daughter of Masakaze Takasaki, in March and TokikoNarahara at the end of December. Many names are written in the diaries during this time when the Peer Women’s School began to improve both equipment and operation. It indicates that Shimoda was exceedingly busy. She continued to run Toyo-juku in her own house, which is her private school, and she made effortsfor women’s education. The diaries are important material that tells us about Shimoda’s behavior during this time, her early days before engaging in education for women in general.

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