University Song

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.


A text of the university song

About the music

  • Performed by: The Kyoto University Chorus OB
  • Date: 19 December 2004 (Sunday)
  • Place: The Clock Tower Centennial Hall

Let's sing the university song

Low quality sound 664k

An audition buttonYou can listen to the first verse of the university song by pressing the left button

High quality sound 1.2MB

Score of the university song

Meeting place scenery of the ceremony

A photo of the Clock Tower Concert

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

A photo of the ceremony when the university song and flag were established

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