90 years of history

Message from the founding President still in the 21st Century

The concept for the founding of Taisho University began when five doctors; Junjiro Takakusu, Masaharu Anesaki, Eun Maeda, Sensho Murakami and Masataro Sawayanagi, who at the time were leaders of Buddhist society proposed to all chief priests that a Buddhist university union be created. Masataro Sawayanagi was appointed as the first President of the university. His message upon taking up his appointment was as follows. “It is my hope that you grow to honestly confess to your own shortcomings and let yourself be guided by your inner Buddhist spirit with a free and pure mind until such time you are perfect of character. At the very least, I wish that you maintain a beautiful soul that glorifies the good and a bold spirit that veers away from evil.”

Taisho University/History

History of Taisho University

1926

Established in accordance with the old University Ordinance
(Faculty of Literature, Preparatory Course, Specialist School)

Taisho University/History
Taisho University/History

1949

Approved as Taisho University under the new education system
(Faculty of Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Literature)

Taisho University/History

1951

Approval for establishment of graduate school master’s program
(Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies, Japanese Literature)

Taisho University/History

1956

Approval for establishment of graduate school doctorate program
(Buddhist Studies, Religious Studies, Japanese Literature)

Taisho University/History

1957

Established Taisho University Buddhist Research Institute

Taisho University/History

1963

Established Taisho University Counseling Research Center

Taisho University/History

1968

Demolished Old School Building
(Driveway apron has been preserved in Meiji Village)

1976

Opened Saitama Campus

1993

Established two-faculty framework with Faculty of Human Studies and Faculty of Literature following restructuring

2001

Reverted to three graduate school research faculties (Faculty of Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Human Studies, Faculty of Literature)

2010

Established Faculty of Buddhist Studies and Faculty of Communication and Culture to form a four-faculty framework

2014

Currently the university has four faculties with 10 departments Student quota 1,035 students
Graduate school has 3 research faculties and 9 majors on offer Student quota 95 students