Story-Composing Cultural Assets Dazaifu Gakkoin Site
【National Historical Site】
This was the site of an institution used to train government officials in Dazaifu. Children of the officials working in Saikai-do (Kyushu) area studied here. Oe no Masafusa, the Provisional Governor-General of Dazaifu at that time, wrote in “Goke-shidai” (ritual protocol of the Oe family) that there was a facility that housed a portrait of Confucius that was brought back from the Tang Dynasty by Kibi no Makibi. Presently Chinese pistache trees are planted along the prefectural road. Their seeds were taken from the pistache trees at Confucius’ Mausoleum and offered by a descendant of Confucius.
＊Because of a typhoon in the summer of 2015, two of three Chinese pistache trees were broken.
Site of Dazaifu Gakko-in (Educational Institution)
Dazaifu Gakko-in was called “Fu-gakko”, “Gakushou (students)” “Isei (medical students)” and “Sansei (math students)” more than 200 people were studying here. They were from powerful families in north Kyushu (currently Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Oita).
“Gakushou” studied the basic literature of Confucianism, such as “The Analects of Confucius” and “The Book of Filial Piety”, as necessary liberal arts to become public servants.
“Isei” studied about medicines and medical treatments, and became doctors.
“Sansei” studied arithmetic and became skilled public servants in accounting or surveying.