The gate was built in 1668 and had the word "school" written in large letters on the plaque. It doesn't say "school" at all. Just by reading this, I know that what lies beyond this gate is a school, but I don't know what kind of school it is or what it offers. This is Ashikaga School, which is said to be "the oldest school in Japan" or "the oldest university in Japan". At the time of its establishment, the word "school" probably meant Ashikaga School. At any rate, there was no other school in the world.
A similar situation exists in soccer associations. The oldest soccer association in the world is the English Football Association, which was founded in 1863. In Japanese, the name of the association is usually written with the name of the country of England so that people can identify the association, but the official name in English is slightly different: it is written as The Football Association, without the name of the country or region.
However, when the association was first established, there was no reason to limit the name of the country or region, as it was unimaginable that a soccer association would be established after the spread of soccer all over the world, and now that soccer has spread all over the world, the fact that there is no regional name is proof that the association has the longest history. Now that soccer has spread all over the world, not having a regional name is a sign that the association is the most historical. When you think about it, the Ashikaga School's plaque seems to be a sign that it is a historic school.
|Oct 2021 ARCHITECTURE TOCHIGI|
|ASHIKAGA CHINESE CHARACTER GATE SCHOOL TABLET|
October 5, 2021
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SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF