Tuesday, October 4 1921: Tokyo Metropolitan Shinjuku High School opened.

1921 (Taisho 10) Tuesday, October 4 Tokyo Prefectural Sixth Junior High School (present Tokyo Metropolitan Shinjuku High School) opened. At the time the school opened, the school did not have its own premises and school buildings in place, so we rented space for classes at a nearby junior high school, Tokyo Prefectural Fourth Junior High School (now Tokyo Metropolitan Toyama High School). In the following year, 1922 (Taisho 11), a modern reinforced concrete school building was completed at a corner of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The time bell of the battleship Mikasa was called “the bell that established the nation”. After the war, it became one of the most advanced schools in Japan, and in 1957 (Showa 32), the number of students who passed the Tokyo University became the largest in Japan. Even now, it is a famous high school as an influential advanced school.

Metropolitan Shinjuku High School has also recently become famous for its appearance in Makoto Shinkai’s animated film ‘Your Name.’ He was the model for Jingu High School, where the main character of the movie, Tachibana Taki, attends. The movie became a huge hit with box-office revenues exceeding 25 billion yen.

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