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Doshisha University (Japan)

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Doshisha University
image by Eugene Ipavec, 26 May 2009

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Doshisha University at Kyoto (JP) helpfully explains the emblem (adopted 1893), the colours, and the flag.

The emblem of Doshisha, which consists of three triangles, is a stylized Assyrian letter meaning a nation or a land. It was designed by Doshisha alumnus Hangetsu Yuasa, a poet and a scholar of the Ancient Orient. Hangetsu was a professor of Theology at Doshisha University when the emblem was made. Since then, it has been interpreted as a symbol of Doshisha’s educational philosophy aiming at the harmony of three elements of education: intellectual, moral and physical educations.

Our school colors are purple and white. The royal purple of Doshisha, which is a medium color between Tyrian purple and Edo purple, is the same school color as that of Amherst College in America where the founder, Joseph Hardy Neesima, studied. The field of the school flag is royal purple with the emblem in white.

History highlights found on this page:

  • Joseph Hardy Neesima, returning from an illegal stay in the US, founds Doshisha Academy in 1875.
  • Hospital and nurse school founded, 1887. Having hoped to found a university, Neesima dies in 1890; three-faculty university opened in 1912 and approved 1920.
  • After WWII many faculties are added and doctoral programmes established.
Additional information: Greetings, Jan Mertens