The Education of Tsuda Umeko of Japan

photo of Tsuda Umeko

On November 10, 1871, five girls were presented to the Empress of Japan and given the charge of going to the United States to learn how women were educated there.

Yoshimatsu Ryoko—15 years
Ueda Sadako—15 years
Yamakawa Sutematsu—12 years
Nagai Shigeko—9 years
Tsuda Umeko—8 years

The Empress instructed them:
“I congratulate your willingness to study abroad. Study hard in order to be able to become the models for Japanese women upon your return from the completion of your study abroad.”

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Photo Credit:
Eunson, Roby. 100 Years: The Amazing Development of Japan Since 1860. Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd., 1965.