Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
Value-Creating Education

Rather than provide knowledge itself, we must encourage the joy and excitement that arise from learning.

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Articles & Commentaries

“Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: A Pioneer of Girls' Education in Japan,” by Masayuki Shiohara

Interview with Professor Larry Hickman, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Cabondale, USA


Academic Papers

“Makiguchi Project in Action--Enhancing Education for Peace,” by Dilma de Melo Silva

“Value Creation as the Aim of Education: Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Soka Education,” by Andrew Gebert and Monte Joffee

“Value Creating Pedagogy and Japanese Education in the Modern Era,” by Kazunori Kumagai

“Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's Theory of the State,” by Koichi Miyata

“A Portrait of the Educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi: Radicalism and the pursuit of universal forms of knowledge,” by Shoji Saito

“Nichiren Thought in Modern Japan,” by Hiroo Sato

“The Significance of Makiguchi Tsunesaburo's Jinsei chirigaku (Geography of Human Life) in the Intellectual History of Geography in Japan: Commemorating the Centenary of Its Publication,” by Keiichi Takeuchi

Letters from Prison

October 23, 1943

December 17, 1943

October 13, 1944

Selected Translations

The Geography of Human Life

The System of Value-Creating Pedagogy

The Outline of the System of Value-Creating Pedagogy

Interrogation Report



Books on Makiguchi

Old Textbooks
The following are examples of how Japan's militarist and imperialist policies were expressed in state-sanctioned elementary school textbooks during the pre-1945 period.

Early 1900s – During the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars

Colonial Era

Before World War II