Elizabeth J.G. Vining & Tane Takahashi -Educators in search of peace-

Exhibition Period

Exhibition outline

This exhibition delves into historical materials focusing on Tane Takahashi, who contributed to the construction of a new university as the first director of the library in the early days of ICU and Elizabeth Vining, who considerably influenced the educational ideas in post-war Japan as a long-time friend of Takahashi. The duo pursued library science, became involved with ICU as librarians, educators and Christians belonging to the Society of Friends who are firm pacifists. Ms. Vining is known as a person who came to Japan in 1946 soon after World War II as a private tutor to the present Emperor, then Crown Prince, and taught him English. Ms. Takahashi is the person who accompanied Ms. Vining as her secretary and interpreter.