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           From the earliest beginnings of Edo the Yushima area was the center of culture and learning. Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun in 1603 and he needed to set up a stable government and social structure to ensure the continuation on the Tokugawa Shogunate. Hayashi Rinzan was a well-known Confucian scholar who lived in Kyoto in those days. Ieyasu asked him to move to Edo and become one of his main advisors. Hayashi Rinzan helped with the creation of the bakufu government as well as a legal structure.

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           Rinzan built his house in Yushima. he was apparently a teacher at heart. It is a fact that besides his daily tasks he tutored the children of top government officials and those of the most influential Daimyo. This school was called the Hayashi school of Confucianism. Eventually he asked the shogun permission to start his own private school in which he gave more formal classes. Maybe he got more than he actually asked for because Ieyasu asked him to set up the first official government sponsored university of Edo, where all samurai families could study. Tokugawa Ieyasu gave Hayashi Rinzan the title "Daigaku no Kashira", or dean of the university, with the extra perk that his descendants would inherit the same title.

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             Further more Hayashi had a private Confucian temple built on his private land in Shinobi-ga-oka, present day Ueno Park. In 1691 the fifth Shogun Tokugawa Tsuneyoshi had the temple moved to its present location at the banks of the Kanda river across from Ochanomizu. It was then called Taiseiden. The Hayashi School of Confucianism was moved there as well.

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            In 1790 the Kansei Edict was implemented, which made the Neo-Confucianism the only philosophy in Japan. All other forms of Confucianism were banned.

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          The Shogunate took control of the Hayashi School in 1797 and made it a state-run school where the bureaucrats of the Shogunate could be trained.  The name of the school was changed into Shoheizaka Gakumonsho or Shoheiko. Shohei (¹•½/Chang-ping in Chinese) was the birthplace of Confucius.

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            It was a high-level school that attracted many brilliant students during the Tokugawa Era and it became the place to study for the elite. It was closed in 1871 when the new winds of the Meiji Restoration were blowing.

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          However these winds only changed direction slightly because the Meiji government established their first teacher's training program here and that turned into the nearby Tokyo University which is still the training ground for the ruling elite today.

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            The main hall houses a 17th century image of Confucius is open on Sundays. The courtyard can be visited any day of the year.

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Admission: Free

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