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Ashikaga Gakko

Ashikaga Gakko

Ashikaga Gakkō (足利学校): known as Japan's oldest university, Ashikaga School was established during the 1400s by deputy shogun Uesugi Norizane. By the 1500s, St. Francis Xavier and other foreign missionaries identified it as the most famous university in eastern Japan. The school was abolished after the Meiji Restoration and then converted into an elementary school when the site passed into city control in 1902. After a decade of preparatory work, the original grounds of Ashikaga School were beautifully restored in 1990 as a National Historic Site, a designation it received in 1921.
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