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Tradition: History of closure and resurrection/Famous writers serving as teachers

Our school was established in April 1904 (Meiji 37); at that time, writers Soseki Natsume and Satoshi Ueda taught some classes. However, it was closed down in 1909 (Meiji 41). Great writers of the time united in protest, and the Meiji University “movement to revive liberal arts” began, which saw participation from stalwarts such as Akiko Yosano and Hakushu Kitahara among others. After receiving requests such as “Literature is necessary as a basic social studies course,” the specialty and liberal arts departments were restarted—Yamamoto Yuzo, Kikuchi Kan, and Kobayashi Hideo were among the teachers. The name was later changed to the School of Arts and Letters, and thus the current school came to reflect the philosophy of "Cultivation of a wide range of educated people with sufficient expertise," having mastered all aspects of "anthropology" through the 3 departments and 14 courses.
     Prof. Karaki's seminar in 1964         Field trip of Prof. Otsuka's seminar       SAL building when the new schooling system started

     Classes in 1960's                 Individual teaching in 1960's