Nisshinkan was established in 1803 by Matsudaira Katanobu. His Karo, Tanaka, emphasized the importance of education of youth. He said "The development of Aizu is depend on the young generation." The members of Byakko-tai studied their combat skills and literature at Nisshinkan.
Minami mon Gate (the south gate)
... is the main gate of Nisshinkan. In the Edo period, only the lord and upper class Samurai could pass through this gate. Students entered from the east and west gates.
The video features discussion of the origin and present style of Nisshinkan.
Geki mon gate
... housed the school's guardian spirit. Geki-mon also housed a large drum which was struck to mark the beginning and end of classes. There is a large sign at the inside top of the gate "Kinsei Gyokushin" which says "If you pass through this gate and study hard, then guardian sprit will help you to become wise and virtuous."
Samurai children entered this elementally class at the age of 10.
They studied reading.
-Japanese Calligraphy Classes-
Students over 13 years old studied "Shodo (Japanese calligraphy).
Astronomy was an optional study at Nisshinkan.
Students learned the social manners of Samurai.
Shrine for the worship of Confucius. In Edo era, Confucianism placed a very important role in education.
For strategy and tactics class.
Dojo and archery range
You can experience traditional Japanese archery at Nisshinkan. There are 3 dojo, and 2 archery ranges. Also, shooting range, and training room for riding horseback.
Swimming pool for how to swim with full armor.
An astronomical Observatory
Official Web Site:http://www.nisshinkan.jp/