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"Women's sports should be elegant and feminine, producing healthy mothers," said Tokuyo Nikaido, the founder of the Nikaido Taisojuku (Nikaido Gymnastic Private School), which was the forerunner of the Japan Women's College of Physical Education. In 1913, Nikaido went to the UK, a country of advanced sports at that time, and studied for 2 years at King's Field College. During her stay in the UK, she found her mission in life to be a sports educator. After returning to Japan, Nikaido founded Nikaido Taisojuku believing in, "Women's sports by women". Adopting the philosophies of the schools at which she had studied in the UK, she formed her own educational philosophy: "To achieve the ideal of women's sports which combine both strength and elegance, the school needs to take an holistic approach to education and a broad perspective of people's lives, including food, clothing and shelter, to raise an elite". Nikaido's philosophy was for producing outstanding teachers of physical education, and the philosophy has been passed on to today's students. Nikaido Taisojuku produced 500 up-and-coming teachers of physical education within 4 years of its foundation, and the superb sprinter Kinue Hitomi, Japan's first female Olympic medalist in the Taisho Era, was one of the graduates. Japan Women's College of Physical Education has been nurtured by these proud traditions.
|1922||Nikaido Taisojuku (Nikaido Gymnastic Private School) is founded.|
|1926||Nikaido Taisojuku is approved by the Ministry of Education as the first women's college of physical education in Japan.|
|1950||The Educational Foundation Nikaido Gakuen is established. The Japan Women's Junior College of Physical Education is opened with two courses: Physical Education, and Kindergarten, Day Nursery-Care and Education.|
|1965||The Japan Women's College of Physical Education establishes the Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences.|
|1967||Physical Education Major and Dance Major are established at the Physical Education Course of Japan Women's Junior College of Physical Education.|
|1992||The 70th anniversary|
|1993||The Graduate School is opened.|
|1999||Two departments, Movement Sciences and Sports Wellness Sciences are established as a result of the reorganization of the college.|
|2003||The 80th anniversary|
The program of Japan Women's College of Physical Education consists of 1 faculty, 2 departments, 4 majors, and a graduate school.
The Department of Movement Sciences provides specialized courses for students to learn structure, mechanism, and teaching methods of sporting skills. The Department aims to produce aspiring athletes and leaders of the next generation.
The Sports Sciences Major focuses on sport methods, sport coaching, and sport conditioning. Students learn both theory and practice in teaching sports, physical training, sports technique, and sports tactics. The major provides courses designed to improve students' sporting skills in the field of competitive sports.
The Dance Studies Major centers on dance art and dance teaching methods. Students learn various dances including Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Tap Dance, Spanish Dance, Japanese Classical Dance, and others. The major also provides students with experience of creation, directing, stage performance, producing, and management of dance, in addition to acquiring substantial theories for dance teaching methods, dance aesthetics, history of dance, dance kinetics, and others.
To achieve people's wellness and happiness through sports, the Department of Sports Wellness Sciences seeks to improve practical theories and methods of sports wellness for people of all ages.
The Sports Health Studies Major focuses on sports education, the coaching of health exercises, and sports management. The major nurtures human resources to contribute to modern society, which is aging rapidly and which has increasing leisure time. The Sports Health Studies offers many courses linked to the relationship between sports and health, and lifelong sports.
The Child Development Studies Major centers on the health and development of children, and their mental health care. The course features a wide range of curriculum subjects on play and games, songs, playing piano, and teaching practice. Students can gain hands-on experience by teaching at the college-affiliated kindergarten.
The Career Center of the college provides unique, effective career and job support programs.
The graduates are active in a wide range of industries. Around half of them find positions in the private sector, many take up professions, becoming teachers or instructors of lifelong sports, while others pursue careers in various fields, such as public services, medical services, welfare services, and show business.
The objectives of the Graduate School are to research and teach scientific theories and their applications to sports and sports-related fields, develop leaders and researchers with a high degree of professionalism, and contribute to the improvement and advancement in sports science.
Foundation Day (April 15th)
|July||First Semester Examination Period|
Dance Work Seminar
Admissions Office Examination (First screening)
|September||Beginning of the Second Term
Admissions Office Examination (Second screening)
|October||College Festival "Kembisai"|
|November||Entrance Examination for Recommended Applicants|
|January||Second Semester Examination Period
Graduation Performance of Dance Studies
|March||Graduation Ceremony/Completion Ceremony
Track and Field Club, Swimming Club, Basketball Club, Handball Club, Volleyball Club, Tennis Club, Soft Tennis Club, Badminton Club, Softball Club, Football Club, Lacrosse Club, Table Tennis Club, Artistic Gymnastics Club, Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, Modern Dance Club, Competitive Dance Club, Dance Club, Fencing Club, Japanese Art of Archery Club, Naginata Club, Kendo Club, Shorinjikempo Club, Ski Club, Cheerleading Club, Lifesaving Club, Rubber Baseball Club, Song Leading Club, Golf Circle, Rowing Circle
Flower Arrangement Club, Chorus Club, Sign Language Club, Child Culture Club, Dance-Producing Society, Karadatukuri Society
|5||Track & field|
|6||Students' Hall (Cafeteria)|
|7||Gymnasium 2,Gymnasium 3|
|10||Tokuyo Memorial Gymnasium|
|12||Alumni Association Hall|
|13||South Building 2|
|15||Club Activity Building|
|17||Research Institute of Physical Fitness|
|19||Japanese Art of Archery training Hall|
|20||Tennis courts, Softball field, Handball court, Golf range|
Japan Women's College of Physical Education
Tokyo 157-8565, JAPAN