124 Maita cho Minami-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Japan. 232-8580 / Tel.045-731-2861 Fax.045-721-5340
Chairman of the Board of Directors: Seiji Yamane
President: Minako Ito
Principal: Mitsuyo Kokubo
Aoyama Gakuin Yokohama Eiwa was founded by Harriet G. Brittan, a Methodist missionary, in 1880. A group of missionaries ran the school, teaching and overseeing all of the business dealings into the early 1900’s. In 1916, the school was moved to its present site in Maita. In 1939 the school name was changed for political reasons to Seibi Gakuen. In 1996 the school name was changed back to Yokohama Eiwa Girl’s school. In 2016, because of a partnership with a well-known university, the school changed its name to Aoyama Gakuin Yokohama Eiwa. And from 2018, we starts co-education.
The day of school begins with worship. I sing a hymn from the words of the Bible, and have a quiet time to look back on my own life. Knowing that I am an irreplaceable creation by God, I am pleased to live with my neighbors, and the gifts given to me. We aim to grow to become people who can contribute to society with the spirit of love and service.
The school badge is a design of a simple iris, called ayame, which grew naturally on the hill of Maita a long time ago. In the background we arranged a white and purple iris, which are also in the school song as school colors, and in the center is a cross, the symbol of Christianity, which is the cornerstone of our school. In addition YE (Yokohama Eiwa’s initials) was added in a decorative font expressing the gentleness particular to women. It is gathered up in a vertical elliptical shape, and is full of rich feeling. It is the work of a graphic desigher, Ms. Ichikawa.
On September 23rd 1880, Ms .Brittan first stepped on Japanese soil. She was brought up in New York, but at an early age she could not move her lower body due to an accident. At the age of 18, as she recovered, she decided to become a missionary. In her twenties, she went to America, and also did evangelism in India for more than 20 years. In Japan, the missionary work began at Mifu Church. Elizabeth M Guthris had applied first, but she died on the way to Japan. Brittan crossed the ocean in Guthrie’s place. Brittan said, “How can I learn what I have not heard? Do not ask me, ‘Why do you believe in the Lord?’ The last word of the Lord was ‘go’” This is the cornerstone of Yokohama Eiwa school.
Aoyama Gakuin Yokohama Eiwa is located in the Minami ward of Yokohama, a city of almost 4 million people and less than 35 kilometers from Tokyo. Being a port city, Yokohama is famous for its international connections. It is home to many amazing museums, historical sites, and the largest China town in Japan. There are many things to do in or around Yokohama. Several popular sites include Tokyo Disney, Mt. Fuji, Yokohama’s baseball and soccer teams, Yokohama Bay, dozens of large shopping malls, and the traditional temples and cultural sites of nearby Kamakura.
The campus is atop a hill that has a view of the bay, the metropolitan area, and Mt. Fuji. The facilities include 3 four-story buildings for classrooms, and a three-story building for administration, teachers, and meeting rooms. The school has three gymnasiums, two tennis courts, an athletic field, a chapel, and Brittan Hall (a theater which seats 900).
1st Term: April-July
Summer Break (5 weeks)
2nd Term: September-March
Winter Break (2-3 Weeks)
Today, countries all over the world are experiencing rapid changes, including in education circles. We took both our schools’ condition and necessity as a reason to make changes for the next generation. Both Aoyama Gakuin and Yokohama Eiwa Gakuin are Methodist schools: The purpose of this partnership is to fulfill the Great Commission and ensure excellence in education. Aoyama Gakuin Yokohama Eiwa is going to be a coeducational school in 2018. We teach that you can find your mission from God, and you can spend life pursuing a career. We have choosen to teach both boys and girls. Our schools motto is to “Purify your heart and serve others.” – We are going to carry this out and make an effort to produce people who can help others and contribute to society.
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