Tashiro Furukawa

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Tashiro Furukawa

Tashiro Furukawa (古河太四郎, Furukawa Tashirō, March 27, 1845 – December 26, 1907) was a Japanese educator. He was a pioneer of education for visual and hearing impaired people in modern Japan, having founded the Kyoto Moain (later Kyoto Prefectural School for the Blind and Kyoto Prefectural School for the Deaf) in 1879, and developed the origins of the Japanese Sign Language.[1][2]

Furukawa was featured in a Google Doodle on March 26, 2015.[3]


  1. ^ Gertz, Genie; Boudreault, Patrick (2016-01-05). The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781506341668.
  2. ^ Minami, Masahiko (2016-01-15). Handbook of Japanese Applied Linguistics. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. ISBN 9781501500800.
  3. ^ "Furukawa Tashiro: 170th Birthday of the First Teacher of Deaf Children | Doodle Finder". doodlefinder.org. Retrieved 2019-01-30.