Hanazono University is located in the ancient city of Kyoto. Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, from 794 to 1868. The city is famous for ancient temples and wooden structures that were built in the Heian to Kamakura periods (8th to 14th centuries) and are preserved today in their original splendor. Kyoto is also well known as an academic city filled with students and researchers, with approximately 40 universities and junior colleges located throughout the city.
Hanazono University was established in 1872 by Myoshinji Temple (founded in 1337) of the Rinzai Zen sect of Buddhism. The university is comprised of a Faculty of Letters and a Faculty of Social Welfare that embody the founding “spirit of Zen.”
In the Faculty of Letters, we pursue Japanese culture through the eyes of philosophy, history, and literature. We deeply study various Asian cultures which were a source of, and continue to have a profound influence on, Japanese culture. Further, we seek to deepen understanding of world currents. Our curriculum includes a variety of lectures and courses that provide practical knowledge and certification.
The Department of Social Welfare was initiated in 1964 as part of the Department of Buddhism and is one of the oldest Social Welfare Departments in Japan. In 1992 the Faculty of Social Welfare commenced and in 2000 the Nursing Care Course was certified to train nursing care specialists.
The Departments of Clinical Psychology and Child Welfare were set up to provide psychological support and education and welfare for children.