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Japan Special Collection: Hawaii Japanese Language School Textbook Collection: Honpa Honganji (Honpa Hongwanji)

Textbooks used to educate Japanese immigrant children at Japanese language schools in Hawaii.

About textbooks by Honpa Hongwanji 本派本願寺

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1902: Bishop Emyo Imamura established Honpa Honganji (Hongwanji) Elementary School. Bishop Imamura devoted 32 years of his life in Hawaii to Buddhist teachings and the education of Japanese immigrants. He established a Japanese school at many plantation sites.

In the early 1900s, the Japanese schools fell into three categories; (1) the Buddhism based schools operated by the Honpa Honganji (Hongwanji) temples of Emyo Imamuara; (2) the Christianity based schools such as theHawai Chuo Gakuin (布哇中央学院) established by Takie Okumura (奥村多喜衛); and (3) the non-religious, independent schools operated by the parents of the students. The largest number of the schools were run by the Honpa Honganji (Hongwanji), which compiled its own textbooks.

Selected Samples

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Jitsuryoku no Tsuku Nihongo Gakushusho
(實力のつく日本語學習書)

Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1934
Vol. 4-6 (T296-299)
Nihongo Fukutokuhon
(日本語副讀本)

Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1928
Vol. 2, 3, 5, 6 (T300-303)
Santei Chuto Nihongo Tokuhon
(三訂中等日本語讀本)
Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1929
Vol. 1, 2, 4 (T330-331, 336)

Shinpen Chuto Nihongo Tokuhon
(新編中等日本語讀本)

Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1938
Vol. 3-4 (T332-334, 337)
Shitei Chugaku Shushinsho
(四訂中學修身書)

Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1929
Vol. 2 (T373)
Bukkyo Nichiyo Gakko Tokuhon, Chutoka
(佛教日曜學校讀本 中等科)

Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1931
Vol. 1 (T376)

Bukkyo Seinen Tokuhon
(佛教青年讀本)

Honpa Honganji/Hongwanji (本派本願寺)
Year : 1931
Vol. 1 (T647)