Aoyama Gakuin

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Aoyama Gakuin
Aoyama Gakuin Majima Memorial Hall.JPG
Aoyama Gakuin University Majima Memorial Hall
Motto "Salt of the Earth, Light of the World"
Established 1874
Affiliation United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ in Japan
Location Tokyo, Japan

Aoyama Gakuin (学校法人青山学院 Gakkō Houjin Aoyama Gakuin?) is an educational institute in Tokyo, Japan, which comprises Aoyama Gakuin University, Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College, Aoyama Gakuin Senior High School, Aoyama Gakuin Junior High School, Aoyama Gakuin Elementary School, and Aoyama Gakuin Kindergarten.

The institute was founded in 1874 by Dora E. Schoonmaker, an American missionary sent to Japan by the Women's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.[1] Canadian missionary Davidson MacDonald played a role in the establishment of Aoyama Gakuin, and his contribution to the improvement of Japan's educational system is considered an important episode in the early history of Japanese-Canadian relations.[2]

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  1. ^ Aoyama Gakuin Jr. College: Schoonmaker bio + thumbnail image Archived February 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Foreign Ministry of Japan: Episodes in Japan-Canada Relations.

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Coordinates: 35°39′40″N 139°42′38″E / 35.66111°N 139.71056°E / 35.66111; 139.71056