Yoshida dormitory, Kyoto University

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The Yoshida Dormitory was built in 1913 at Kyoto University, making it Japan's oldest student dormitory.

History[edit]

The community agreed to create the dormitory with the student body taking administrative responsibility. The high student activism continued up until it met conflict with university authorities in 1971.[1][clarification needed]

In June 2009, Kyoto University authorities proposed a plan for the partial demolition of the old dormitory to increase on-campus living capacity. The proposal was controversial.[2][why?] In October 2009, an informal debate was held between university authorities and the community, leading to the demise or the proposal.[clarification needed][3]

Yoshida Dormitory Festival[edit]

The Yoshida Dormitory Festival is one of the largest of the many events at Kyoto University. It is held in May every year and is open to external participants.[4] Among its events are the Kamogawa Race, in which participants run from Sanzyō Big Bridge to Demachiyanagi via Kamo River, preceded by a costume party and river swim.[5]

Rooms[edit]

The Yoshida dormitory consists of 120 Japanese-style rooms and has a kitchen, showers, bathrooms, laundry rooms, common rooms, and a vegetable garden.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yoshidaryo: Japan's most famously decrepit dormitory
  2. ^ 吉田寮 改築 予算 見通し立たず 商店 は 品等 と 食堂. (2009, June 1). Kyoto University Press. Retrieved from: [July 3, 2014].
  3. ^ 吉田寮 建て替え提案 白紙に. (n.d.). Kyoto University Press. Retrieved: [http://www.kyoto-up.org/archives/87 吉田寮 建て替え提案白紙に [July 3, 2014]
  4. ^ Yoshida dormitory festival Committee. (2014, June 7). The summary of Hitch race 2014 Retrieved: [July 17, 2014].
  5. ^ Itoken (2009, July 7). Ryōsai no nidai event-Hitch race to Kamogawa race-(The two main events of the dormitory festival-Hitch race and Kamogawa race-). Retrieved: [July 17, 2014].