University Song

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The university song and flag were established in 1940. Inspired by the "Imperial Rescript for Young Students", issued by the Emperor in 1939, the lyrics of the song and the flag design were selected from pieces written and designed by the students of the Kyoto Imperial University, as it was then known in those days.


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Musical score



Meeting place scenery of the ceremony

The Kyoto University Chorus OB singing the university song at the Clock Tower Concert on 19 December 2004 at the Clock Tower Centennial Hall

Photograph taken at the ceremony for the establishment of the university song and flag on 11 February 1940 in the 2nd Floor main auditorium of the Clock Tower (now the International Conference Hall)*Photographs from the Kyoto University Archives