School Song

School Song

Gakushuin did not have a school song when it was founded in 1877. After it was reopened as a private school around 1951, there was widespread demand to its director Yoshishige Abe for the creation of a school song. Abe wrote the lyrics personally, about wanting to cultivate students who are fond of scholarship and passionate about the truth, modest and reflective, willing to serve society, and sufficiently strong-willed not to be daunted by difficulties. Kiyoshi Nobutoki wrote the music to the Gakushuin School Song, which was first performed in May 1951.

Abe said of the school song, “I had previously written a great deal of prose and a little tanka and haiku poetry too, but it was the first time in my life that I had written anything like a school song. The lyrics may be awkward but I wrote them with great enthusiasm, as if I hoped they would be sung by all of the people of Japan. (Kozakura, Issue 34, November 1951)

学習院歌